Read Across America brings cast of characters, familiar faces to Huntsville school

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Cat in the Hat streaked through the halls, a line of drummers following close on his heels.

Read Across America brought a cast of characters and some familiar faces to Montview Elementary in Huntsville Monday.

WHNT News 19 Meteorologist Ben Smith reads to students at Montview Elementary

WHNT News 19 Meteorologist Ben Smith reads to students at Montview Elementary

During Read Across America, elementary schools are encouraged to invite guest readers from their community to read a Dr. Seuss book.

The event is held each year on March 2, the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel.

Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, authored and illustrated 44 children's books before his death in 1991.

At Montview Elementary, the event in his honor was truly a celebration.

The Cat in the Hat was joined by Thing One and Thing Two. A few area mascots also showed up, including "Chaos" from the Huntsville Havoc.

The Huntsville High Drumline kept up a steady beat, during a parade through the school. The drummers also entertained the children during a brief assembly.

From there, it was on to the classrooms.

Ms. Hughey's Pre-K class at Read Across America

Ms. Hughey's Pre-K class at Read Across America

WHNT News 19 was proud to partner with Montview Elementary for the program.  Our guest readers included Greg Screws, Clarissa McClain, Ryan Cody, Daniela Perallon and Melissa Riopka.

Principal Towana Davis said it's important for students to meet people from outside the school, adding these meetings may one day lead to a career.

Plus, "reading is our first priority, so this is a great opportunity to ensure the students always have a lifelong love of reading," Ms. Davis said.