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March 14, 2014

Local students help set Guinness World Record

TAHLEQUAH — On Friday, March 7, in conjunction with the annual National Education Association’s Read Across America Week and celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, many Oklahoma schools made this reading celebration historic by setting a Guinness World Record.

A Tahlequah elementary school was among the record-setters.

Seconds before 10 a.m., more than 203 children began a countdown as they prepared to unanimously place their red-and-white striped Cat in the Hat hats atop their heads. The students wore the hats for 15 minutes while reading the rhymes of Dr. Seuss and being entertained by the famous Cat himself.

“I truly appreciate the dedication and hard work our teachers have put into making this celebration exciting for the students. This year, with increasing anxiety due to the third-grade retention law, our goal is to help build morale by focusing on the fun of reading, encouraging children to continue learning and have confidence in their abilities. We know if we encourage versus discourage, students will be more successful,” said Linda Hampton, Oklahoma Education Association president.

Participating districts were: Broken Arrow, Lawton, McAlester, Mid-Del, Moore, Norman, Putnam City, Tahlequah, Tulsa and Woodward. Every participating student received a Dr. Seuss book and a Cat in the Hat hat, made possible by the sponsorships from the National Education Association, Pi Beta Phi Sorority, local Parent-Teacher Associations and others.

“We are honored to be a part of setting this record and have the opportunity to celebrate reading with all our students,” said Lacie Davenport, principal of Heritage Elementary School in Tahlequah.

Upon completion of this event, Oklahoma schools successfully hold the Guinness World Record of “Most People Wearing Cat in the Hat Hats (multiple venues).”

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