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Trumbull students read for fun

Event marks Dr. Seuss’ birthday

Submitted photo State Rep. Michael O’Brien, D-Warren, reads to kindergarten students at Warren’s Lincoln PK-8 School on Friday as part of United Way’s Read 4 Fun program in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. O’Brien came to the school dressed as one of Dr. Seuss’ most popular characters, the Cat in the Hat.

WARREN — Volunteers from the United Way of Trumbull County visited 19 school districts and nearly 230 classrooms on Friday as part of the agency’s Read 4 Fun program in celebration of National Read Across America Day to mark the birthday of author Dr. Seuss.

More than 120 volunteers participated by reading a Dr. Seuss book or a book of other “fun” authors to students in kindergarten and grades first and second. As part of the celebration, many volunteers dressed in Dr. Seuss attire and brought Dr. Seuss pencils, paper hats and color pages for the students.

The Read 4 Fun program is one of three programs under United Way of Trumbull County’s Reading Great by 8 Early Literacy Initiative. The other two programs (ABC Reading Ready and Ready, Set, Go!) are summer literacy intervention programs designed to increase the number of children reading at grade level by grade three, with an emphasis on children from low-to-moderate income families.

The Reading Great by 8 Early Literacy Initiative is funded by the Arcelor-Mittal Foundation, the Cafaro Foundation, the Greenwood Foundation, Home Savings, Ronald McDonald House Charities and through a partnership with Trumbull County Educational Service Center’s Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant.

Guest readers on Friday included community partners, volunteers and local dignitaries from 717 Credit Union; the 910th Airlift Wing; the American Association of University Women; Albert Guarnieri & Company; AMK, LLC; The Anderson-Dubose Company; Arconic; Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department; Berkshire Hathaway Home Services; Chemical Bank; city officials and the mayors of Cortland, Hubbard, Newton Falls and Warren; Cortland Bank; Drake Manufacturing; Edward Jones Financial Services; Farmers Trust Company; Home Savings; the Howland School Board; Howland Township Trustees; Huntington Bank; Kent State Trumbull Campus; LaBrae Board of Education; Law Office of H. Gilson Blair; Lippy Surgery Center; the Mahoning Valley Scrappers; Mahoning-Trumbull Union Counselors; the McKinley Library; Mercy Health St. Joseph Hospital and of Youngstown; The Middlefield Banking Company; Newton Falls Village Council; Niles Board of Education; Quality Switch; Real Living Brokers Realty Group; ReMax Valley Real Estate; SCOPE Senior Services; State Farm Agent John Campolito Jr.; State Representative Michael O’Brien; TEMA Roofing Services, Trumbull Mental Health and Recovery Board; Trumbull Retired Teachers Association; Trumbull County Commissioners office; Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas Probate Division; United Way of Mercer County; Veterans service Commission; WFMJ; Warren City Council; Warren Fire Department; Warren Municipal Courthouse; Warren Rotary, Warren Junior Women’s League; Women United of Trumbull County and Woodforest National Bank.

In celebration of Read Across America Day and the “Read 4 Fun” program, United Way of Trumbull County, the Eastwood Mall and the Cafaro Foundation held a reading challenge for all K-2 classrooms in the Trumbull County school districts. To qualify, individual classrooms had to complete eight of 12 reading challenges for a chance to win a field trip to Dr. Seuss’s Big Birthday Bash.

Of the 12 school districts and 29 classrooms that participated, Valerie Wires’ first-grade classroom from Bristol Elementary School and Megan Wagner’s second-grade classroom from Champion Central Elementary are being awarded the field trip to Dr. Seuss’s Big Birthday Bash today at the Eastwood Mall in Niles.

The field trip prize packages include bus transportation to and from the Eastwood Mall story time with a surprise celebrity reader, a special visit from Cat in the Hat, a Seuss-tastic craft, an Aquarium Adventure, lunch in the food court and a birthday treat.

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