Seattle Schools to receive cash grants and books

Four Cat-a-Van tours are hitting the road to bring the gift of reading to thousands of children in 19 cities across the country.

The tour made a stop Monday at the Pacific Science Center, part of the National Education Association's Read Across America program, a literacy program designed to motivate children to read by making it fun.

The Cat in the Hat was in tow surprising children with books, cash grants for their school libraries and special guests.

Monday, March 2, was Read Across America Day, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

The famed cat joined celebrity readers, who surprised nearly 400 students from Seattle Public Schools. Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Walter Jones and Miss Washington Janet Harding, wore red-and-white striped stovepipe hats and read to kids.

About 400 students from Bailey Gatzert, Cooper and Maple Elementary Schools were given free Dr. Seuss books.

NEA's Read Across America is sponsored by the National Education Association, Dr. Seuss Enterprises L.P. and more than 50 national partners.  Nationwide, more than 45 million children and adults were expected to participate this year.

Seattle was one stop on a 19-city, 11-state Cat-a-Van tour, which provides cash grants for school libraries and thousands of books to public-school students.[[In-content Ad]]