INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — On a gloomy Monday morning, some Indianapolis classrooms were full of loud cheers.
It was all because on Dr. Seuss’ 116th birthday, which is also Read Across America Day, they got a visit from “The Cat in the Hat.” The character made stops at St. Matthews Catholic School, St. Pius X, Sidener Academy, The Goddard School and Cold Spring School, reading and cracking jokes with classes.
Bob Mack and Lisa Fraser, husband and wife, also share a love and excitement for helping kids learn. It’s the reason they wanted to be the ones to make this happen for some of the schools in their community. It’s the same passion that made them decide to run the Huntington Learning Center in Indianapolis.
“This is our adrenaline, this is our emotion, this is our motivation: to see the kids succeed to see their eyes light up, to see their imaginations open up,” Mack said. “We make sure that they’re capable of going into the class and succeeding, not only in the grade level they’re in but in the grade levels ahead.”
The couple was motivated to start the center, which specializes in tutoring K-12 students struggling in their classes, after seeing their sixth-grade daughter run into some hurdles of her own. Now they use their new platform to make sure learning is an enjoyable experience and kids get a positive perspective.
“Learning is fun and some kids have trouble with that, so it’s our job to help them along that journey, kind of guide them on the right path and get them started,” Fraser said.
While the “The Cat in the Hat” entertained the kids, he also read some of the classic Dr. Seuss books like “Green Eggs and Ham” and “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.” The couple hopes this kind of excitement about learning will last the test of time, much like the fun-loving cat character still capturing kids’ hearts after 63 years.
“It’s terrific you want kids to get excited about learning and that’s what he does, so having him come into a school and be able to read a book may inspire a child to want to read more and learn and that’s what it’s all about,” Fraser said. “I grew up on ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and loved it and I think it’s just something that’s going to pass on and on forever.”
“Hopefully they go home tonight and pick up a book that maybe they wouldn’t have picked up otherwise,” Mack said. “That’s exciting for us.”