HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — Second- and third-graders at the Hess School who earned “most improved reader” status were rewarded with a visit from the Dr. Seuss character The Cat in the Hat Monday, Feb. 11.

The visit was part of New Jersey Education Association efforts to support childhood literacy. Retired educators travel across the state in February and March dressed in 7-foot-tall Cat in the Hat costumes, bringing the literacy message to thousands of students at hundreds of schools.

For the eighth year running, the Cat has had a gift for the library of each school he visits. This year each school is receiving a copy of the Dr. Seuss book "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish."

Second-graders who earned the right to meet with The Cat in the Hat were Maya Aleksashina, Carter Bey, Aiden Carlamere, Devon Churchill, Katrina Cincotti, Angel De La Cruz, Kareen Dudley, Angel Hernandez, A’daeyah Humani-Brown, Quasar Leom, Nicole Lesniak, Nick Locke, Jordan Manigault, Jessa McGeoch, Paige McQueen, Janiyah Murphy, Daniel Olajide and Kevin Walker.

Third-graders who got to the big cat were Evonne Ashiagbor, Savion Bembry, Jayden Bucholski, Evangeline Carr, Gavin Csaszar, Chase DiGregorio, Gino Frizzell, Madison Gandy, Colton Guerrina, Robert Helmar, Gregory James, Hailey Keefer, Maksym Kozak, Faith Mason, Jacinth McIntosh, Joseph McLaren, Davine Murphy, Na’ilah Prescott, Samiya Riley, Anita Sefedini, Madalynn Simmerman, Sierra Taylor, Ayani Torres and Angeline Tse.

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