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DWU to celebrate 20th annual Dr. Seuss Carnival

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Dr. Seuss Carnival (Cat in the Hat hat)

The Dakota Wesleyan University Future Teachers’ Organization will host its 20th annual Dr. Seuss Carnival from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 24, in the L.B. Williams Elementary commons area.

“We’re really excited to celebrate this anniversary with the community,” said René Pruitt, associate professor of education, who has been the adviser for FTO for 10 years.

This event is free and open to all children pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. The children will have opportunities to play games, earn prizes and read Dr. Seuss books. Every pre-K through fifth-grade child will also receive a free book.

“The Dr. Seuss Carnival’s purpose is to engage children with a love for learning and reading,” Pruitt said. “Our education majors, as well as many other DWU students, staff and faculty, all volunteer to read to kids, run games and activities, and dress up in costume because they believe in our purpose. Also, it’s a lot of fun.”

Returning this year will be the Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2 available for photos, and there will be a photo booth with props to use for $3. DWU FTO will also sell Dr. Seuss mugs for $10 each with all proceeds going to support the carnival.

“We hope that the community comes out and enjoys the morning with us,” Pruitt added. “Just remember that Dr. Seuss saying, ‘The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.’”