Missouri NEA leaders tour state, delivering books and inspiring lifelong readers during Read Across America Cat Tracks Tour


From the Missouri National Education Association
1810 E. Elm St., Jefferson City, MO 65101

For further information: 
Debra Beckman, Missouri NEA Communications Director
(573) 644-9616

Feb. 11, 2019

The Missouri National Education Association will sponsor its annual statewide Read Across America campaign and Cat Tracks Tour Feb. 14 through March 8. 2019 marks the 20th year of the program. The campaign is the NEA’s national celebration of reading centered around the March 2nd birthday of beloved author Dr. Seuss. The school celebrations feature assemblies, skits, costume contests, parades, games, dancing, the famous Cat in the Hat and more.

Topping off the celebration, Missouri NEA will take its annual Cat Tracks tour with MNEA Pres. Charles E. Smith and MNEA Vice Pres. Brent Fullington talking to students about the importance of reading and delivering MNEA’s and NEA’s generous donation of books for use in school libraries and distribution among students. Each stop on the tour will also feature a visit from the larger-than-life Cat in the Hat.
This year’s campaign theme is “Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers.” In addition to promoting the importance of reading and its connection to lifetime success, Smith and Fullington will be sharing a message about the importance of diversity, inclusion and multicultural awareness in our world and donating a curated selection of books that celebrate diversity.

“We are especially excited about this year’s tour and giving these beautiful books to students across the state,” said Missouri NEA Pres. Charles E. Smith. “We want all students to appreciate the everchanging world we live in thrives on the diversity and inclusion of all people.”

Find a schedule of the Cat Tracks Tour at www.mnea.org/cattrackstour.

The 32,500-member MNEA represents teachers, education support professionals, college faculty, retired teachers and students studying to be teachers in school districts and on college campuses throughout the state. It is the Missouri affiliate of the 3.2 million-member NEA.


Posted Date: 2/11/2019
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