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Children at Holy Cross Hospital Fort Lauderdale's Seuss-sational Literacy Event

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Non-profit Holy Cross Hospital recently held a Dr. Seuss-themed celebration for more than 137 underprivileged children to promote literacy and bring joy to reading.

After a breakfast of green eggs and ham, children brought the "Cat in the Hat" to life by making fun face masks, enjoyed ”One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" with an art project and edible fish bowls, and were entertained by a puppeteer while having their feet painted to make personalized books.

"Our goal of the day was to promote reading in a fun way," said Holy Cross Director of Community Outreach Kim Saiswick. "Thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of our hard-working volunteers, we helped these children feel happy and excited about books and reading."

The event was organized by the Holy Cross Community Outreach Department as an initiative of its Goodstart program, which provides health education classes for socio-economically challenged childcare centers and pre-schools across South Florida. The award winning Holy Cross community outreach department also operates the hospital's Growing Healthy Kids program, which teaches elementary and middle-school students about fitness and healthy eating, among many of the hospital's other community-based programs.

A member of Catholic Health East, Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is a full-service, non-profit Catholic hospital, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. Since opening its doors in 1955, the 559-bed hospital has offered progressive services and programs to meet the evolving healthcare needs of Broward County. Today, Holy Cross has more than 600 physicians on staff representing more than 40 specialties and more than 3,000 employees. The hospital is fully accredited by the independent Joint Commission and its medical team has earned a reputation for excellence unsurpassed in the community. To learn more about Holy Cross, visit www.holy-cross.com, “like” Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale on Facebook or follow @holycrossfl on Twitter.