Note: Dr. Alan Marble, president of Missouri Southern, will read to children at the Lion Cub Academy at 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 2.

The Lion Cub Academy at Missouri Southern State University will celebrate Read Across America with a week devoted to the writings of Dr. Seuss.

Beginning Monday, March 2, and continuing through Friday, March 6, volunteers from around campus will visit the LCA to read books aloud to children. Read Across America is observed annually on the school day closest to March 2, which is also the birthday of Dr. Seuss – writer Theodor Geisel.

“I want kids to see that reading is important to everybody,” says Nikki Tappana, director of the Lion Cub Academy. She says she hopes to have 100 volunteers from around campus to read to the 115 children, ages 1 to 5, served by the center.

“No matter what anyone’s job is on campus, I think it’s important for them to read to the children and show them how important reading is,” she says. “I want the kids to have a love for reading and to know that it can be fun.”

The Lion Cub Academy offers a hands-on learning environment for early childhood and teacher education students. It provides care for the children of students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community.

The Read Across America activities will conclude at 3 p.m. Friday, March 6, with a visit by one of Dr. Seuss’ best-known characters, the Cat in the Hat.