Grab your hat, read with the cat
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The Mound Bayou Public Schools Alumni Association and AARP Mound Bayou Area Chapter No. 5146 invite the public to "Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat" on March 1 at I.T. Montgomery Elementary School.

Together with AmeriCorps Vista at Delta State University, these community-based organizations will form an inter-generational partnership and celebrate National Education Association's Read Across America. 

MBPSAA President Dr. Elaine Baker is excited to reconnect with AmeriCorps VISTA.

“Together we will return to the beloved Dr. Seuss tale of mischief," said Baker. "A wise saying is 'you're never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read with a child.'”

Baker said the alumni membership-based MBPSAA has reached out to the community for readers for the past three years.

This year, the MBPSAA’s partnership with AARP creates excitement for reading that extends to Quitman County where AARP members have signed on as readers.

The MBPSAA also seeks to increase the number of males reading to the students.

Among past participants are Attorney Jim Collins and Judge Harold Ward, both Mound Bayou Public School District alumni. 

MBPSD partners have included the Junior Beta Club at I.T. Montgomery and the Future Business Leaders of America.

Some of the FBLA students are now enrolled at Mississippi State University and Tougaloo College. 

Community partners have included the Chi Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Theta Phi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Bolivar County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., Mount Olive M. B. Church and Save the Children.

“The MBPSAA door is always open for individuals and partners in the business, civic and fraternal, education and faith-based communities," Baker added. “A special invitation is extended to retired school personnel.”

 The MBPSAA, AARP and AmeriCorps Vista join the NEA in building a nation of readers through the their signature program, NEA’s Read Across America — now in its 16th year.

This year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships and reading resources.

To register for the 2013 Read Across America program at I.T. Montgomery, contact Baker at 662-741-2683 or send an email to

Or, contact Ms. Tarmeisha Hampton, AmeriCorps Vista volunteer at 662-741-2433.