On March 2, Juneau teachers handed out 600 books to children as part of the 100th birthday celebration for Dr. Seuss.
The Read Across America Celebration, put on by the Juneau Education Association, couldn't have happened, though, without the support of many fine organizations and people.
Perhaps the biggest thank you should go to Gastineau Principal Angie Lunda who solicited donations from local organizations, enlisted her family to help with the logistics and rallied the school staff to support the event. Carpet Source and ANS Camp No. 2 deserve a big thank you for donating money to buy books.
Thanks also to the Friends of Gastineau and the Gastineau Site Council for their financial help.
But the gratitude doesn't stop there.
The Juneau School District bought refreshments for the hundreds of attendees.
Even Start Family Learning Center helped arrange a bus and dinner for students. ANS Camp No. 70 came out and read to children.
Guests readers also included Reps. Bruce Weyhrauch, Beth Kerttula and Les Gara, state Sen. Georgianna Lincoln, and Mayor Bruce Botelho.
Members of Boy Scout Troop 11 also showed up to read, as did Gastineau School staff and parents.
Behind the scenes, the Juneau Empire and KINY radio donated ad space and broadcast time.
A final thank you goes to Empire photographer Brian Wallace who captured the scene with a wonderful photo of Kim Rivera reading to an attentive audience.
Thanks for making this great community celebration of reading happen!
Dirk Miller and Annie Janes
Read Across America organizers