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First lady helps Big Creek celebrate
Reading encouraged on Dr. Seuss' birthday
Georgia’s first lady, Sandra Deal, reads “The Cat in the Hat” to a group of students Wednesday at Big Creek Elementary. The visit was part of a statewide program encouraging reading. - photo by Jennifer Sami

Georgia first lady Sandra Deal told Big Creek Elementary students about the crazy antics of “The Cat in the Hat” on Wednesday morning in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

“The kids are very excited to meet anybody in the community,” said Kris Cable, the school’s media specialist.

“They know we have a new governor, we talk about it at school, and the teachers, parents and kids just think it’s so exciting to have somebody come out and share how much they love reading with our kids.”

After reading to two classrooms, Deal met with the school’s principal, Sherri Black.

“I’m glad you’re celebrating reading,” said Deal, a retired teacher. “I think it’s important to encourage [children] to read.”

Her visit was part of a full day of activities to celebrate the late author’s birthday, including videos of teachers reading stories, a book drive for charity and Seuss trivia contests.

“We’re really just trying to celebrate reading and do something fun in all the grades,” Cable said.