Getting their Seuss on

Carthage event celebrates the children’s author


BY JOE WARD
jward@kenoshanews.com
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Nearly everyone gathered at Carthage College’s Hedberg Library Saturday liked green eggs and ham, despite what they might have heard about the snack in a Dr. Seuss book.

The wisdom and poetry — as well as the food creations — of Dr. Seuss were on full display at Carthage’s Seuss-a-thon Saturday, where families gathered to celebrate all things Suess.

It was the 16th time the event has taken place, but it was Liz Lang’s first year as coordinator of the Seusss-a-thon. She was in charge of making sure the 100 or so student volunteers were in the right place.

Lang also had to rent Seuss character costumes from Random House, which owns the rights to Seuss’s books, as well as plan for the rest of the daylong event.

“We had a lot of people coming out,” she said Saturday morning. “It’s running really well. As well as organized chaos can.”

All that chaos and planning was worthwhile, Lang said, because money raised at the event will be going to charity.

“The Seuss-a-thon is basically a fundraising effort for early literacy programs,” she said. “The programs aim to have parents, teachers and family members read 1,000 books to a kid.”

Money was raised through donations and the selling of raffle tickets. But perhaps the biggest cash cow for the event was the opportunity to get your photo taken with either Cat in the Hat or the Grinch.

Helping out

Nearly all of the student volunteers were in the education program at Carthage, Lang said. The experience was handy for them because they dealt primarily with young children all day.

Students were stationed at displays, arts-and-crafts tables and in the school’s theater, where community members read their favorite Seuss books to the crowds. The school’s book store had a table where Seuss books, specially ordered for the event, were for sale.

On stage in the theater were two Carthage students dressed as Thing 1 and Thing 2. They helped act out the stories being read, and generally interacted with the kids, many of which where wearing Thing shirts of their own.

It was Jason Karrels’ fourth year dressing up as Thing 1. The senior in early childhood education said he liked participating in the event because it gave him an opportunity to act out in the school’s library. Interacting with kids was a plus, too, he said.

“I love it. I get to do tumbles through the library,” he said. “You can’t do that any other time.”

Seuss fans

The majority of participants were toddlers. They all seemed very familiar with the late Dr. Seuss’ material.

A couple of the kids said their favorite part of the day was getting to hug either of the Tthings or the Cat in the Hat.

“We love Dr. Seuss,” said Marie Clark, who brought her two young boys from Racine. “It’s our favorite books to read, because Mommy makes funny voices when she reads it. They love it. It was worth the trip.”


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