The National Education Association’s 2013 Read Across America Cat-A-Van Tour stopped in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, on February 26 for visits to Martin Luther King, Jr., Elementary School and Belmont Elementary School.
The events were coordinated locally by the KEA Student Program Chapter at Murray State University and members of the Christian County Education Association at the two schools.
At each school, students in grades K-2 attended an assembly at which Sharon Oxendine, the KEA president, and Earl Wiman, a member of the NEA Executive Committee, read “Green Eggs and Ham” and the guest of honor was the Cat in the Hat himself. Kandie McDaniel, a teacher in Daviess County and one of Kentucky’s two NEA Directors, wore the Cat costume. Thing 1 and Thing 2 were played by Murray-Hopkinsville student members Connie Oakley and Christine Lindeman.
Beverly Fort, director of the 2+2 Education Program at Murray Hopkinsville and the KEA SP advisor, was emcee for both assemblies. Tammy Day York, Vice President of Operations for Delta Dental of Kentucky, spoke to the children about Delta’s “2x2 +20” plan, which recommends that they brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day and read for twenty minutes.
NEA provided red-and-white-striped stovepipe hats for the children at both schools. Delta presented each school with a check for $1,000 to buy new library books, and gave each child a “goodie bag” containing a new toothbrush and a copy of Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat.” The Murray-Hopkinsville KEA SP members passed out the hats and goodie bags at both schools.