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Alumni and relatives invited to Dr. Seuss Birthday Party on Feb. 26

on February 10, 2012 by Janet Edwards

The School of Education’s birthday party in honor of famed children’s author Dr. Seuss promises to be a wonderful time for alumni, who are invited to attend with their children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews. Children are welcome to dress up as their favorite characters from Dr. Seuss books if they’d like, with fun reading, art and science activities planned.

The party for Dr. Seuss will be from 2  to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, in the Donius University Center. (The legendary author’s 108th birthday would have been March 2.)

Two undergraduate education students Alexa Phillips of Kirkwood and Makenzie Schaller of St. Charles applied for and received a $1,000 grant from the Missouri National Education Association. Phillips says, “We are using the money to purchase a book for every child attending, art supplies, snack and decorations. We were thrilled to find out we had received the grant because it is helping us create the event we were envisioning!”

School of Education leadership and alumni volunteers hope the adults who attend will enjoy the chance to return to their alma mater and to develop ties with current education students. Sam Hausfather, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education said, “We expect this to lay the foundation for continued interaction between our teaching alumni and future teachers.”

Teachers will also gain access to lesson plans for use in their own classrooms, via a website created as a companion to the event. Please RSVP now by emailing Francesca Mattina at Spaces are limited for the event, but there is still room available for alums and their family members who wish to attend. Please include the number of children who will attend when you RSVP.

Maryville faculty, staff and students and dedicated volunteers thank many community sponsors (Listed here) for their generous support. Additional details, including resources for teachers, are at

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