Oaks Mission Elementary students participate in national literacy program 2017

March 6, 2017

Cherokee Nation Businesses employees read to local students in honor of Dr. Seuss

OAKS, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Businesses recently made a big impression on local students. Employee volunteers from the tribe’s business arm celebrated Read Across America Day by bringing their favorite childhood books to local classrooms.

CNB’s annual partnership with Oaks Mission Elementary brought a day full of stories and surprises to students in pre-K through sixth grade. Students were excited to see a few familiar faces, including returning alumni, volunteers from CNB’s Community Impact Team, and Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist and host of “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,” Jennifer Loren.

“It was my pleasure participating in Read Across America. As the mother of two young children, I understand how important it is to teach kids that reading can be fun,” said Loren. “The staff and the children at Oaks were very welcoming, as they are every year."

Along with employees from CNB and Cherokee Nation Entertainment, students from the nearby junior high school also stopped by to read a few of their favorites.

Every year on or around Dr. Seuss’ birthday, CNB employee volunteers honor the beloved children’s author and participate in the nationwide reading celebration in hopes of increasing student achievement and reading ability.

This year marks the 20th annual Read Across America event. Schools, libraries and community centers across the country celebrated by bringing together volunteers, kids and books to highlight the importance of developing a love for reading at an early age.

“It was an honor to have the opportunity to share one of my children’s favorite books, ‘The Lorax,’ with the students at Oaks,” said Travis Owens, director of cultural tourism and community relations at CNB. “I could see the joy that bringing the story to life gave them as we laughed, acted like Truffula trees and challenged ourselves to live the moral of the story in our own lives.”

Read Across America is founded by the National Education Association in coalition with Dr. Seuss Enterprises LP and Random House.

To learn more about Read Across America or to see what other schools and communities are doing to celebrate, visit www.readacrossamerica.org..