Embracing Our Differences will be partnering with Sarasota and Manatee County elementary schools as well as the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, with support from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Patterson Foundation, United Way Suncoast and an anonymous family foundation to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss on FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018.
What better way to celebrate the birthday of such a beloved writer of children’s books than reading to a child? Dr. Seuss epitomizes a love of children and learning. His use of rhyme makes an effective tool for teaching young children the basic skills needed to be successful in an ever changing world. When we celebrate Dr. Seuss and reading, we send a clear message to our children that reading is fun and important.
Please consider becoming a part of Embracing Dr. Seuss’ Differences Day by volunteering an hour of your time to read and teach a child the value of diversity and respect for others. CLICK HERE to volunteer. The deadline to volunteer is Monday, February 12, 2018.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Brenna directly at 941-404-5710 to see if there are any classrooms available.
Book selections below are designed to stimulate conversations regarding diversity, bullying, character education and respect for others.
Pre-K – My Many Colored Days – Using a spectrum of vibrant colors and a menagerie of animals, this unique book is a wonderful way to talk with children about their feelings.
Kindergarten – The Cat in the Hat – The children learn how to be "upstanders" against the Cat and his scheming tricks.
1st Grade – Green Eggs and Ham – All about trying new things when those things seem strange and unappealing.
2nd Grade – Horton Hears a Who – After hearing a cry for help, Horton vows to protect the Whos.
3rd Grade – The Lorax – Dr. Seuss pleas for the planet.
We are in need of volunteers who are willing to travel to elementary schools throughout the following areas of Sarasota and Manatee Counties.
Sarasota - North (north of Bee Ridge Road) includes Alta Vista; Bay Haven; Brentwood; Emma E. Booker; Fruitville; Gocio; Southside; Tatum Ridge; and Tuttle elementary schools.
Sarasota - South (south of Bee Ridge Road) includes Ashton; Gulf Gate; Lakeview; Phillippi Shores; Taylor Ranch; and Wilkinson elementary schools.
Sarasota - North Port and surrounding areas includes Atwater; Cranberry; Glenallen; Lamarque; and Toledo Blade elementary schools.
Sarasota - Venice / Englewood / Nokomis includes Englewood; Garden; Taylor Ranch; and Venice elementary schools and Laurel Nokomis and Pine View schools. ALL OF THE VOLUNTEER READING OPPORTUNITIES HAVE BEEN FILLED IN THIS AREA. IF YOU ONLY REQUEST TO VOLUNTEER IN THIS AREA, YOU WILL BE PLACED ON A WAITLIST.
Manatee - Bradenton - North (north of State Road 70) includes Ballard; Bashaw; Manatee; Miller; Moody; Prine; Rogers Garden-Bullock; Samoset; Sea Breeze; and Wakeland elementary schools.
Manatee - Bradenton - South (south of State Road 70) includes Abel; Bayshore; Daughtrey; Kinnan; Oneco; Tara, and Visible Men Academy elementary schools.
Manatee - Palmetto / Ellenton (north of State Road 64) and surrounding areas includes Blackburn; Palm View; Palma Sola; Palmetto; Stewart and Tillman elementary schools.
Manatee - East of Interstate 75 includes Braden River; Freedom Gullett; Mills; Myakka City; Williams; Willis; and Witt elementary schools.
CLICK HERE for a map of Sarasota school locations.
CLICK HERE for a map of Manatee school locations.
Thank you for your support in making the Embracing Dr. Seuss’ Differences Day experience available to the children in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Together, we can make our community a safer and more inviting place for everyone.
For more information, please contact Brenna Wilhm via EMAIL.
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