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More than 400 Kindergarten Students to Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday on Campus

Feb. 28 event highlights spring semester events sponsored by Community Engagement Office.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-17-2014

Mankato, Minn. – More than 400 area kindergarten students will participate in a celebration of childhood author Dr. Seuss’s birthday on Friday, Feb. 28 in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Myers Field House. Set up for the event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and tear down will conclude at approximately 3:30 p.m.

The event is being held as part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on or close to March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

Community volunteers are needed for the Dr. Seuss birthday event along with many other events that are being organized by Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Community Engagement Office during the spring semester. For additional information, please contact Community Engagement at or call 507-389-5789.

Spring semester events sponsored by the Community Engagement Office include:

  • Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Party (Friday, Feb. 28) – Volunteers are needed to help set up, implement literacy-based activities, and tear down.
  • Nature’s Nook/Environmental READ (March 7-8, April 11-12) – This environmentally-based literacy program allows elementary children to participate in hands-on activities such as hiking and nature appreciation. Volunteers will assist with implementing activities and stories for the children from the beauty of Elk’s Nature Center in Rasmussen Woods. Nature’s Nook takes place twice a month on the second Friday and Saturday of the month.
  • Spring Break at Campus Kitchen (March 10 – 14) – Volunteers are needed throughout the spring break week in Campus Kitchen. Volunteers are needed through the week.
  • 12-hour Candlelight Vigil (Friday, March 28) – This event is held in remembrance of a community tragedy four years ago and to honor our neighbors managing domestic violence. The candlelight vigil will be held at Elks Nature Center in Rasmussen Woods. The goal is to illuminate the park to “reclaim our hearts, homes, and communities as places of peace.” Volunteer shifts will run in four-hour blocks starting at 11 p.m. and continuing through the next day. A community service will be held at 12 p.m.
  • The Big Event/Mavs Give Back (Saturday, April 26) – As the semester comes to an end and the weather turns nice, Minnesota State Mankato students will be participating in a day of service. There will be various tasks assigned to volunteers as part of a community-wide service day to thank the Mankato area for its continued support of the university.
  • Campus Kitchen – Volunteers are needed to get involved and build leadership skills all semester long through student-driven hunger relief. Volunteering at Campus Kitchen includes recovering food from area organizations, packaging new meals and delivering the meals to neighbors managing food insecurity. Campus Kitchen facilities are located at Crossroads Lutheran Ministry at 331 Dillon Avenue. Volunteers are needed for the packaging shift on Monday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the delivery shift on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and for food recovery and facilities management on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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