On Jan. 15 the Journey CafÃ&Copy; in Hamburg was transformed into Dr. Seuss Land.ˆ  Five students from Berks Career and Technology Center's West Campus, all from the Hamburg area, planned and presented a variety of Seuss activities for community children.ˆ  The event took place from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. ˆ 

The students, Alyssa Seidel, Rochel Leibenguth, TiAndra Riegel, Tiffany Hoppes and Erika Hess are all first level students in the Occupational Child Development Program.ˆ  The students wanted to promote literacy and show parents how they can get their children involved in reading using fun and educational activities.ˆ  Various stations were set up throughout the cafÃ&Copy; where children could experience activities related to Dr. Seuss books. A favorite was the reading corner, where children could curl up and listen to a Dr. Seuss book read by the 'The Cat in The Hat.'

Two Seuss movies were also shown on the 'big screen' along with refreshments of Seuss juice and rice crispy treats. The children left with a Seuss activity book prepared by the students and printed by the Graphic Imaging Program at the career center.ˆ  The expressions on the children's faces showed everyone they enjoyed the activities. ˆ 

Seidel, Leibenguth and Riegel will be competing with students from other Pa. Vocational Child Development centers in March at the Family Career & Community Leaders of America State competition to be held in Lancaster.ˆ  They will present their project and show how it helps nurture strong, healthy families, which is one of the purposes of the national organization.

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