Mercy Children’s Hospital and OPT celebrate Read Across America

February 8, 2013

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Seuss Science Day will be at the

Springfield Discovery Center on Feb. 23

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Mercy Children’s Hospital Springfield and Ozarks Public Television (OPT) will celebrate Read Across America with Seuss Science Day at the Springfield Discovery Center Feb. 23. Admission for the day is discounted at $7 per person and free for children under two years old. Read Across America Seuss Science Day activities are scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and the Discovery Center will be open during normal hours from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

The day will include a variety of Dr. Seuss-themed activities relating to different Seuss stories and will feature doctors from Mercy Hospital. Children will also have the opportunity to meet the Cat in the Hat and pose for photos, watch new episodes of “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!” and hear Dr. Seuss stories read throughout the day, including: “The Tooth Book”; “Hop on Pop”; “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”; “Horton Hatches the Egg”; “The Butter Battle Book” and “McElligot’s Pool.”

“‘The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!’ is broadcast Monday-Friday at 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sundays at 6:30 a.m. on OPT. The program is designed to help young children learn core science skills to prepare them for success in school, while taking them on ‘Seussian’ adventures that inspire their curiosity,” said Lesli Rotenberg, senior vice president of children’s media for PBS.

“Families, schools and communities around the country pay tribute to Dr. Seuss at this time each year and we join them in honoring his legacy with content that encourages kids to explore the world around them.”

The event is sponsored by Mercy Children’s Hospital Springfield with additional support provided by the MOST 529 Plan.

For more information, contact Hannah Combs, event coordinator at KSMU, at (417) 836-8894.


About Ozarks Public Television

OPT is an affiliate of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and is dedicated to providing quality programs from national, regional and local sources. Each weekday, OPT provides 10 hours of educational children’s programming, viewed by over 50,000 kids each week. OPT spends over half a million dollars each year on children’s programming—more than a quarter of its annual operating budget. About Mercy Children’s Hospital

Mercy Children’s Hospital provides children with world-class care in a setting that puts them at ease – with the personal attention only neighbors can provide. Mercy offers the region’s most comprehensive collection of pediatric sub-specialists, including doctors who treat rare illnesses and injuries, with more pediatric specialists than any other provider in the region. The level III NICU is a blessing for newborns with special needs, and their parents. Kids diagnosed with cancer benefit from the status as a St. Jude Domestic Affiliate site, which allows them to be enrolled in the renowned hospital’s world-famous clinical research trials. About Discovery Center of Springfield

Discovery Center of Springfield (DCS) is an interactive, hands-on museum committed to inspiring people of all ages with a life-long love of learning and an appreciation for the world & our place in it. DCS is a tourist attraction to the SW Missouri region and serves schools and families throughout the region with educational enrichment. DCS completed an expansion project in September, 2006 to be the 1st LEED Gold Certified building in the SW Missouri.  About MOST 529 Plan

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel sponsors MOST 529, the tax-advantaged program that enables families to save for a child’s higher education. MOST 529 is an affordable, low-cost, tax-deferred way to save for higher-education expenses. Investments in the Plan can be used towards qualified higher-education expenses, including tuition, certain room and board expenses, books and mandatory fees at most four-year colleges and universities, many two-year institutions and vocational schools, and some schools abroad. In addition, savings in MOST 529 can be used towards

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