In conjunction with Kentucky’s Literacy Week, students at the Early Learning Village will join millions of children across the country in celebrating the sixteenth annual Read Across America week March 4-8. This event commemorates Dr. Seuss’s 109th birthday. An estimated 45 million children took part in the reading celebration last year. Monday and Tuesday, the Kentucky State University chapter of the Kentucky Education Association Student Program will be reading and decorating Dr. Seuss hats with students at the Early Learning Village. They will return Friday with the Cat in the Hat. As described by members of the association, the goal of this program is to create awareness in our community of the importance of literacy and to show children the joy of reading. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, less than 58 percent of children age three to five experience the joy of reading and being read to on a daily basis. The KSU members of KEA SP hope to ameliorate this with their “Ask about my Dr. Seuss Hat” project. As students create and decorate their own hats, they will have the opportunity to describe literacy and how fun it can be when parents, teachers, and other students ask them what their hats stand for. Members also plan to distribute 2-3 children’s books to each classroom teacher.