On what would be the one hundred and eleventh birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known adoringly as "Dr. Seuss" to many, Rep. Richard Hanna of New York's 22nd Congressional District celebrated "Read Across America" Day with students in New York Mills today.

The classes of fourth grade teachers Jennifer Sroka and Tiffany Schmidt shared Dr. Seuss' book Oh the Places You'll Go with Rep. Hanna in the library of the New York Mills Junior-Senior High School.

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As part of the celebration Congressman Hanna also presented the school with a flag that was flown over the Capitol building after two former school board members, Gary Markowicz, Sr. and Richard Radomski, had requested a new flag in the school library.

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The flag currently in the library, where the New York Mills School Board meets, is a small flag posted on the room's wall.  Radomski, along with Markowicz - who has been awarded three Purple Heart Medals,  thought the wall flag was inadequate.

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Following presentation of the new flag, the students took turns reading to Rep. Hanna.  The final passage was read by the school's principal, Rene Wilson, Ph.D., who said too that the book's final passage was her favorite.  Said Wilson, "We are proud of all of our students and teachers here at New York Mills and the emphasis we place on educational excellence and that starts with literacy."

Rene Wilson, Ph.D., Principal, New York Mills Elementary School                Photo Credit: Kristine Bellino, WIBX / Townsquare Media

 

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