Read Across America

March 7th, 2011

1 Student enjoys meeting Rufus

2 Older student and rufus

Union County youth enjoyed meeting Rufus

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. To commemorate Theodor Geisel’s talent and to promote reading, the Whitewater Valley chapter of the IU Alumni Association sponsors reading celebrations throughout the region.

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4 Victoria reading to Rufus

As coordinator for the event in Union County, I was fortunate to have wonderful assistance from many people affiliated with IU.  Rob Zinkan and Amanda Vance of IU East External Affairs arranged for Rufus to visit with the children at the event and provided IU goodies. Kyle Wright and Londa Brown of IU East Athletics brought many members of the Volleyball team, all of whom were enthusiastic volunteers.

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6 Shell Browne and RAA refreshments

IU East students Brit Hudson and Megan Shepherd helped with crafts and photography.  IU alumni Shell Browne and Tim Woodruff donated refreshments and Karen Kahl, Union County Library director, donated use of the facility.

7 Cheryl Stolle giving free RAA books

8 Rufus and the gang

IU East library staff Matt Dilworth created the Cat in the Hat standee and promotional flyer and Professor Cheryl Stolle staffed the free book table.  WV IUAA members Rachel Hughes, Bette Davenport, Rolly Cutter, and Jerry Logan helped throughout the event, and the chapter donated funds so each of the 100 children attending could receive a free book. The children and their families certainly enjoyed the reading and camaraderie and IU hospitality!

Thank you IU!