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D.T. Shackleford Celebrates Dr. Seuss’ Birthday: Read Across America Day

D.T. Shackleford with Mrs. Andrea Terry's fifth grade class.
D.T. Shackleford with Mrs. Andrea Terry’s fifth grade class.

On Tuesday, March 2, Oxford Intermediate School teachers, students and volunteers celebrated Dr. Theodore Seuss’ birthday by participating in the National Education Association‘s (NEA) Read Across America project.

Erica Avent, a sixth grade science teacher at Oxford Intermediate School, spearheaded this event. In days leading up to this event, she asked many volunteers to attend the event so they could read a book to fifth and sixth graders.

Avent said in a letter to the editor: “On NEA’s Read Across America Day, join in on the fun because you’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child!”

She explained the NEA’s Read Across America is a year-round literacy project that encourages readers, both young and old, to celebrate reading.

D.T. Shackleford throws a fins up with Mrs. Andrea Terry's fifth grade class.
D.T. Shackleford throws a fins up with Mrs. Andrea Terry’s fifth grade class.

Former Rebel football great, D.T. Shackleford, answered her call with a number of volunteers. Shackleford has won numerous awards for his community service including being named SEC Community Service Team Player of the Week and winning the 2014 Wuerffel Trophy that is awarded to a football player “who best exhibits exemplary community service.”

Oxford police department also joined in the fun.

Happy Birthday Dr.Seuss!

Posted by Oxford MS Police Department on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The students had fun that day as they competed in the Read Across America door decorating contest and creating stovepipe hats that look just like something the Cat in the Hat would wear. The OIS Junior Beta Club members served as school ambassadors that day as they escorted and helped guests through the school amid the fun.

D.T. Shackleford poses with the OIS students in stovepipe hats.
D.T. Shackleford poses with the OIS students in stovepipe hats.

Let’s give a loud Hotty Toddy to D.T. Shackleford, Oxford police department and the rest of the volunteers and especially to Erica Avent for a great celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday!

D.T. Shackleford reading to Mrs. Andrea Terry's fifth grade class.  Photos courtesy Brooke Gobert.
D.T. Shackleford reading to Mrs. Andrea Terry’s fifth grade class.
Photos courtesy Brooke Gobert.


Callie Daniels Bryant is the senior managing editor at HottyToddy.com. She can be reached at callie.daniels@hottytoddy.com.

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