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Dutchess United Way Celebrates Dr. Seuss' Birthday With Public Readings

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro reading to students at The Catharine Street Center during the 2016 event.
Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro reading to students at The Catharine Street Center during the 2016 event. Photo Credit: Contributed
Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison reading with students and volunteers at Astor Poughkeepsie during the 2016 event.
Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison reading with students and volunteers at Astor Poughkeepsie during the 2016 event. Photo Credit: Contributed

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. --  United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region and nonprofit partner organizations will team up Thursday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Day celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

An annual event, this is the third year United Way and community volunteers will honor Dr. Seuss and celebrate the fun and value of reading.

Area families are invited to attend public readings at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (75 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie) that will be held at noon, 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. with museum admission.

United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region asks everyone to join NEA and many of America’s leading literacy, youth, and civic groups on Thursday to bring together a nation of readers under one hat – the red and white stovepipe made famous by "The Cat in the Hat" for a day of reading excitement.

“During last year’s Read Across America Day, United Way volunteers read to about 800 students in Dutchess and Orange counties,” said  Melissa Clark, community impact manager. “This year we hope to engage almost 1,000 children and will be leading the readings under the familiar stovepipe hats!”

Read Across America Day, a National Education Association (NEA) project, was created to help children read and to motivate them to keep reading. The NEA strives to build a nation of readers not only on Thursday, March 2, but every day.

Full schedule of Readings on March 2 (Only the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum readings are open to the public with museum admission.)

TIME: 10 a.m.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro will be reading at the Catharine Street Community Center along with United Way President and CEO Jeannie Montano and United Way Community Impact Council Member Christopher Valdez.

Location: Catharine Street Community Center, 69 Catherine St., Poughkeepsie.

TIME: 10:30 a.m.

United Way staff member Sue Manning will read along with Young Leaders United member Mallika Rao and United Way volunteers Eric Barrett and Kayla Crowe at Astor Services.

Location: Astor Services, 29 Willow St., Beacon.

TIME: Noon

United Way staff member Tina Kitson and United Way volunteers Cammie Jones and Glen Noakes will be reading at Astor Services.

Location: Astor Services, 50 Delafield St., Poughkeepsie.

TIME: Noon

United Way Community Impact Council member Kim Fragetta and volunteer Solomon Chouicha will lead readings at Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum in Poughkeepsie.

TIME: 1:00 p.m.

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison will read at Literacy Connections as well as United Way’s Young Leaders United members Weintana Abraha, Kelly Osterman, Matthew Paquet and Julia Pagones.

Location: Literacy Connections, 265 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie.

TIME: 1:30 p.m.

Guest readers at Literacy Connections will include United Way Community Impact Council member Karolyn Tompson and volunteer David Mancari.

Location: Literacy Connections, 400 Old Forge Hill Road, New Windsor.

TIME: 2:00 p.m.

United Way Community Impact Council members Lauren Schifini and Jeanne Wagner, as well as United Way’s Young Leader United Casey Conlin will read at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum in Poughkeepsie.

TIME: 2:00 p.m.

United Way Community Impact Council members Kathleen O'Keefe, Nadine Sheehan and Rachel Wilson along with United Way staff member Michelle Nepton will read at Newburgh Head Start.

Location: Newburgh Head Start, 49 Gidney Ave., Newburgh.

TIME: 3:30 p.m.

United Way staff member Louise Vega will lead readings at the Boys and Girls Club.

Location: Boys and Girls Club, 124 Meadow Hill Rd., Newburgh.

TIME: 3:30 p.m.

Community Impact Council members Stacey Nelson and Tammy Rhein, volunteers Michael Bark and Juana Torres, as well as United Way staff member Jennell Higgs will lead readings at the Boys and Girls Club.

Location: Boys and Girls Club, 525 Union Ave., New Windsor.

TIME: 3:30 p.m.

Guest readers at the Catharine Street Community Center will include Dr. Nicole Williams, Superintendent of the Poughkeepsie City School District, United Way Community Impact Council member Mario Johnson, United Way Young Leader Sarah Weikel and United Way staff member Colleen McKenna.

Location: Catharine Street Community Center, 69 Catherine Street, Poughkeepsie.

TIME: 4:00 p.m.

Members of United Way’s Community Impact Council Lisa Massarelli and Sarah Salem, United Way’s Young Leaders United Echo Hanson, and volunteer Jessica Vitolano will be guest readers at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum in Poughkeepsie.

TIME: 4:30 p.m.

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus*, Community Impact Council member Valerie Paul, and United Way staff member Carolyn K. Zazzarino will read at the Boys and Girls Club.

Location: Boys and Girls Club, 285 Liberty Street, Newburgh.

*planned attendance.

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