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Green eggs and ham on the menu for Saturday's Read Across America breakfast at TownMall of Westminster

Green eggs and ham on the menu for Saturday's Read Across America breakfast at TownMall of Westminster
Rachael Talbert, left, reads a story with Amara Mohr, 7, during the Read Across America event at TownMall in Westminster in 2016. This year's Read Across America event at TownMall is set for Saturday at 9 a.m. with breakfast and activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Carroll County Times file)

It’s all things Dr. Seuss on Saturday at the Read Across America event in TownMall of Westminster, and that means a free breakfast of green eggs and ham.

“We start out at 9 a.m. and we provide a green eggs and ham breakfast. And then from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we have games, face painting, a magician, ballooning,” said Teresa McCulloh, president of the Carroll County Education Association, which sponsors the event. “It’s generated around the celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, so all of the activities are themed around his books.”

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The event is free and open to people of all ages, according to McCulloh, “The sooner you can get a book in a child’s hands the better,” she said, and will be located in Belk Court inside the mall.

The association has sponsored a Read Across America event for 20 years in order to support and spread literacy in Carroll County, according to McCulloh.

“They provide one free book to the youth so that we can get a book in youngsters hands as well and we also have authentic Cat in the Hat hats, provided by the NEA, the National Education Association,” she said. “We also have visits from the Oriole bird and a lot of photo opportunities with Cat in the Hat frames and Dr. Seuss frames.”

There will also be a demonstration of reading Braille, according to McCulloh.

“We have children in Carroll Count that require braille services and they demonstrate how a child that is blind reads with braille,” she said.

For more information on the national Read Across America program of the National Education Association, visit www.nea.org/grants/read-across-background.html.

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