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“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.” 

That was one passage from Dr. Seuss' “The Cat in the Hat” that District of Columbia Housing Authority Chief of Police Joel Maupin read to kindergarteners at Chamberlain Public Charter School, located near Potomac Gardens and Hopkins Apartments.

This is the fourth year Maupin participated in the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day at Chamberlain. He usually reads to either the pre-kindergarten or kindergarten class.

“It is great for police to interact with very young kids in that manner, reading to them. When I read the books, I talk about the meaning behind the book,” said Maupin, who gave the example of reading “Green Eggs and Ham” then having a conversation about how someone might think they won’t like a meal that their parent cooked for them, but it could become their favorite meal.

The National Education Association's Read Across America honors Dr. Seuss' birthday each year. Since Dr. Seuss' birthday is on a Saturday this year, the NEA is having Read Across America on Friday, March 1, 2019, where volunteers take the time to read to youngsters across the country. The goal is to inspire young people to become lifelong readers.

In addition to “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham,” Maupin read, “Fox in Socks.”

He also discussed how much the students liked school, things they like doing on summer vacation, if they have ridden trains, and if they have ever seen a fox, among other things.

“The kids are great. They are very receptive,” he said.

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