Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat!
Who doesn't love Dr. Seuss? NEA's annual birthday party in his honor, called Read Across America is celebrating 20 years! Join us on Saturday March 4 at Warwick Mall.
Celebrating 20 Years of Diverse Readers
Join us on Saturday, March 4 from 10 am - 4pm at Warwick Mall for the 20th Annual Read-a-thon to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday! We have celebrity readers all day for a read-a-thon, a book giveaway, raffle prizes, a make-your-own hat craft, an opportunity to visit and pose with Cat in the Hat, and so much more!
Read Across America focuses the country's attention on how important it is to encourage children to read. Since NEA launched the event in 1997, more than a million Americans have participated each year in events across the country celebrating Dr. Seuss and his unique style of writing.
Celebrity Readers Schedule:
10:00 am Attorney General Peter Kilmartin
10:15 am Dept. Commissioner of Education Mary Ann Snider
10:30 am Zack Green, WJAR Ch. 10 meteorologist
10:45 am Mike Araujo, executive director of RI Jobs With Justice
11:00 am Nick, Ron & Pete, Cardi Brothers
11:15 am Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea
11:30 am Tom Pirnie, ESP of the Year
11:45 am Aram Garabedian, owner of the Warwick Mall
12 noon Representative Julie Casimiro
12:15 pm Kelsey Swanson, Miss Rhode Island USA
12:30 pm Congressman James Langevin
12:45 pm Representative Jay Edwards
1:00 pm Larry Purtill, NEARI president
1:15 pm Frank Flynn, RIFTHP president
1:30 pm Valarie Lawson, NEARI vice president
1:45 pm Nikos Giannopoulos, RI Teacher of the Year
2:00 pm George Nee, RI AFL-CIO president
2:15 pm Bob Walsh, NEARI executive director
2:30 pm Josh Funk, children’s book author
2:45 pm Congressman David Cicilline
3:00 pm Maureen Martin, RI AFL-CIO secretary/treasurer
3:15 pm Colleen Callahan, RIFTHP
3:30 pm Tracy Lafreniere, 2016 RI Teacher of the Year
3:45 pm Representative Bob & Maryann Lancia
4:00 pm Raffle/Drawings