VOLUME 28 NO. 11 | MARCH 7- MARCH 13, 2009

“Cat in the Hat” promotes literacy among school children

Last updated 3-5-09 at 2:12 p.m.

On Monday, March 2, the national Read Across America program celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday by holding a free two-hour event where children were given free books and cash grants for their school libraries.

A 7-foot-tall Cat in the Hat, Seattle Seahawks Walter Jones, and Miss Washington Janet Harding surprised more than 400 public school students with one goal in mind: promote literacy.

Seattle was one of 19 cities involved in the “Cat-a-Van” tour, which was organized by the National Education Association. Participating schools included Bailey Gatzert, Cooper, and Maple Elementary. (end)

For Read Across America’s Asian-focused book list, visit www.nea.org/grants/29506.htm.

Disaster relief available for non-English speakers

Last updated 3-5-09 at 2:13 p.m.

If you or someone you know has sustained losses or damages to personal property due to the recent flooding in Western Washington, you may be eligible for disaster aid. To see if you qualify, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), and make sure you have the information below:
- Social Security Number (including your spouse’s)
- Private insurance information, if available
- Address and zip code of the damaged property
- Directions to the damaged home or property
- Daytime telephone number

Assistance is available in most Asian languages, including but not limited to Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, and Tagalog.

FEMA and the state can provide assistance to U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, and qualified aliens. Applying for FEMA disaster assistance does not affect eligibility in becoming a U.S. citizen. (end)

For more information, visit www.fema.org.


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