ROTARIANS TO PARTICIPATE IN 10th DR. SEUSS DAY AT HEYWOOD
February 10, 2016
March 2nd will be a fun filled day at Heywood Elementary School, 260 S. Ridge Avenue in Troy. That’s the day they will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and when Troy Rotarians, and other community members, volunteer to read the beloved stories to the students. Launched by the National Education Association’s “Read Across America” on March 2, 1998, this program encourages thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers across the country to bring together kids, teens and books to celebrate the day. This year will make 10 years for the event at Heywood and the 10th year that Troy Rotarians have volunteered as readers.
Dr. Seuss’ real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, and he was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, MA. A 1925 graduate of Dartmouth College, he published his first book in 1937 under the title “And to Think I saw it on Mulberry Street.” In 1950, the hallmark story, “The Cat in the Hat,” was published. In total, Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 books before passing away in 1991. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards and three Caldecott Honors.
In addition to participating in Dr. Seuss Day, Troy Rotarians work with the faculty and staff at Heywood on other programs. The “Winter Wear” program ensures children have warm coats, hats, scarves and gloves. Rotarians also provide backpacks and school supplies to students in need at Heywood.
Troy Rotarians, and the Troy Rotary Foundation, support several community projects annually. In 2014-15, more than $16,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including the annual Shoe Project, Troy After Prom, scholarships, and sponsorships to summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and Waco Air Museum. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club.
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