By Velma Crochet
Volunteer State Community College is hosting a book drive to celebrate Dr.Seuss’s birthday on March 2.Books can be placed in the white boxes with the Dr. Seuss flyer on the front, around campus. Donations will be accepted Feb. 17- March 2.
VSCC will be accepting any gently used or new children’s book up to fifth grade reading level according to Penny Duncan, Assistant Professor of Education.
This is the third year Vol State has hosted the book drive. The first year 200 books were collected. Last year 500 books were collected according to Stacey Nieman, instructor of Early Childhood Education.
The donated books will be distributed to young children in the community in various locations such as Community Childcare, Gallatin Daycare Center, Gallatin Child Care and Head Start programs in two locations.
Vol State students studying Early Childhood and Education will deliver the books on March 4 which is also known as “Read Across America Day” to the children. The VSCC students will read the books to the children. This is a great experience for the children and a hands-on learning for the college students said Nieman.
“Vol State students engage in reading, gathering books and communicating with small children to promote early literacy is my favorite part. In addition, building a partnership with the schools in this community and teaching the students the importance of networking by example,” said Duncan.
March 2 is the 114 birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel known to most as Dr. Seuss and is also the twenty-first anniversary of “Read Across America Day,” according to 6 Funny Facts About Dr. Seuss. It also states Green Eggs and Ham has only 50 different words and Cat in the Hat has 236 different words.
“The first book I was ever able to read on my own Hop and Pop by Dr. Seuss,” said Nieman.
Hop on Pop is a 1963 children’s picture book also known as “The Simplest Seuss for Youngest Use.” It contains several short poems about a variety of characters and is designed to introduce basic phonics concepts to children according to Google.