GFWC Ossoli Circle joined the General Federation of Women’s Clubs to participate in Read Across America Day. March 2 is the nationwide observance of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.
Ossoli Circle donated copies of “Hooray for Diffendoofer Day” by Dr. Seuss with help from Lane Smith and Jack Prelutsky to every Knox County Elementary School.
One book was donated to Belle Morris Elementary in memory of Ossoli member Minga Barnes, who taught Special Education at Belle Morris. GFWC Ossoli Circle members Janie Bitner, President Tona Turpin, Nancy Carmon, and Roberta Pedigo, Minga’s sister-in-law, presented this special copy to the Principal of Belle Morris, Terry Hursey, on March 1. Many members donated a book in honor of their children or grandchildren, and some were given in memory of teachers and principals.
Promoting literacy can be traced back to GFWC’s roots. GFWC clubs founded 85% of all public libraries in the country. Read Across America is an opportunity for GFWC clubs to continue this legacy.