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The Cat in the Hat spotted United Way shares gift of reading
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Ronda Sjogren, a United Way of Central Kansas board member, reads about the Cat in the Hat. She and fellow board member Becca Maxwell (in hat) presented books to area preschools last week in celebration of Read Across America, an annual celebration of popular childrens author and illustrator Dr. Seusss birthday. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

“Do not forget, the more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss

That crazy cat, the Cat in the Hat, was spotted in Barton County Tuesday, celebrating his 111th birthday with students at Great Bend Children’s Learning Center and Barton Community College’s child development center.  
United Way of Central Kansas board members Becca Maxwell and Ronda Sjogren, and UWCK Director Julie Bugner-Smith spotted the iconic red and white striped hat amongst the smiling faces of students they came to read to from books they presented to both centers courtesy of the United Way.  
Education is one of the three pillars of United Way’s mission statement of health, education and income, according to Bugner-Smith.  
“The cat will be out in other communities as well,” she said.