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Mar 02

The Rhino Celebrates Dr. Seuss' Birthday

By make it better Posted in: Blazers, CraigSmith
On Friday, March 2nd, Harrison Park School exploded with screaming applause. Portland’s own Rhino, Craig Smith, paid tribute to Dr. Seuss’ birthday by visiting 400 deserving students as a part of NBA Cares’ Read to Achieve initiative, presented by Kia Motors. Each season the Trail Blazers celebrate Read to Achieve, an outreach initiative to promote reading and literacy in local youth. This campaign is celebrated by teams throughout the NBA in conjunction with Reading Month each March.

Harrison Park School celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday each year by taking part in the national Read Across America Day. This day honors Dr. Seuss’ birthday by bringing educators and students together to make reading fun and exciting. This year, The Rhino did his part by sharing his favorite Dr. Seuss book, Green Eggs and Ham, with a crowd of fourth through eighth grade students. Click here for photos of the event.

Craig invited a shy eighth grade student – who sleeps with a basketball – onstage to share the reading duties with him. Her classmates cheered them on as they recited the famous words: “I do not like green eggs and ham. I will not eat them, Sam-I-Am.”

After the reading commenced, Craig opened the floor for questions and answers. The entertaining questions ranged from “Can I have a hug”, (to which his response was an ear-to-ear grin and a resounding “yes!”), to “How tall are you?”. The latter question provoked a roaring “WOW!” when he answered with, “6 feet, 7 ½ inches”.

The visit came to a close when Craig allowed the entire assembly to join him onstage for autographs and pictures. The kids’ excitement to meet a Trail Blazer was unwavering and their smiles were reflected on Craig’s face. He patiently spoke to students about focusing on school and being a good student while they gawked at him in amazement.

As The Rhino left the building, the school librarian took a moment to tell him just how much it meant to her students that he cared enough to make it better at their school, if only for an afternoon. It was an afternoon the star-struck students won’t soon forget.

Click here to see the full photo gallery.


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