“Cat in the Hat” and friends visit Central Elementary

The “Cat in the Hat” is making appearances at schools across Knox County and bringing along some very special guests for the visit.

On Thursday morning, March 1, local leaders, educators, and sports heroes visited students at Central Elementary School and shared one of their favorite Seuss books.

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“Every class in school had a guest reader, reading a Dr. Seuss book, showing the children the importance of reading,” said Jimmy Walters, coordinator of the school’s family resource center.

“This is an annual event that we have been doing for at least 8 to 10 years.”

This year’s guest readers were:

From the Knox County Court House: Greg Helton, circuit clerk, Mike Corey, county clerk, Mary Hammons, jailer, Charlie Dixon, county attorney, Claudia Greenwood, county attorney’s office, Renee Owens, county attorney’s office, David Thompson, mayor, Bill Oxendine, property valuation administrator, and Mike Broughton, police chief.

From the Knox County Board of Education: Doris Mitchell, assessment coordinator.

From Knox Central, athletes and coaches: Scott Russell, Coty Walters, Jeffery Canady, Armani Wardlaw, and Jonathan Sephard, football; Brandon Hillard, Jeffery Ledington, Dustin Mills, and Jeremy Elliotte, baseball; Jonathan Barger, football and basketball; and Lauren Rose and Megan Gray, cheerleaders.

Appearing as the “Cat in the Hat” was Catie Beth Walters, a cheerleader at Knox County Middle School.

Additional photos are available in the KCPS Photo Gallery.