Volunteers from Cherokee Nation Businesses read to local students in honor of Dr. Seuss
OAKS, Okla. – Sam-I-Am, the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Thing One and Thing Two, along with other quirky Dr. Seuss characters, joined volunteer employees from Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses at Oaks Mission Elementary School on Friday. The volunteers dusted off their personal favorite childhood stories to read to students.
This annual celebration of literature is part of Read Across America Day.
Read Across America is an award-winning literacy program founded by the National Education Association in coalition with Dr. Seuss Enterprises L.P. and Random House. Every year, on or around the birthday of the beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss, Cherokee Nation and CNB employee volunteers take part in the nationwide celebration by reading to children in local communities.
“I look forward to this every year,” said Deborah Fritts, interpretive project coordinator at CNB. “This year I brought ‘Plantizilla.’ It is about a little boy, Mortimer, who takes a plant home from school, and the plant grows so large it takes over everything. It eats meat and pot roast, and at one point the family dog disappears. In the end, because of Mortimer’s love and kindness, the plant begins to take on human characteristics and the dog reappears. I think sharing wholesome stories like this is very important and rewarding for both children and the volunteers.”
Volunteers shared their favorite stories by visiting each kindergarten through fifth-grade classrooms. The program helps encourage student achievement and reading ability, hoping to inspire a love for reading.
“We live in such a digitized world that it’s nice to have people take time to read to the kids,” said Barbara Tucker, Oaks Mission Elementary principal. “You want them to experience something personal and relatable, not to grow up thinking everything is just touch and swipe. It’s great to promote that love of reading and for the volunteers to share their favorites with them.”
Along with employees from Cherokee Nation and CNB, Sen. Wayne Shaw also stopped by to read a few of his favorites.
“I bet the kids have so many stories swimming through their heads today,” said Tucker. “We hope they’ll be inspired to find favorite books of their own. Reading, communicating and relating to the kids make a difference. Oh, the places they will go.”
To learn more about Read Across America or to see what other schools and communities did to celebrate, visit www.readacrossamerica.org.
Photo Cutline: Deborah Fritts, Cherokee Nation Businesses employee, reads to students at Oaks Mission Elementary. Employees visited each classroom to read their favorite childhood stories as part of Read Across America Day.
About Cherokee Nation Businesses
Cherokee Nation Businesses is the tribally owned holding company of the Cherokee Nation, the largest Indian Nation in the United States. The Cherokee Nation and its businesses employ more than 8,200 people. CNB owns companies in the gaming, hospitality, personnel services, distribution, manufacturing, telecommunications, information technology and environmental services industries. For more information, please visit www.cherokeenationbusinesses.com.