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Dr. Seuss characters come to life for Dakota Valley Elementary students

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Students are encouraged to read at a young age, but it's not every day the characters come to life.

But, Thursday about 500 elementary school students got a special visit from the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2.

That's because one first grade class at Dakota Valley Elementary won the state's "Read Across America" essay contest.

The faculty said they hold a school-wide assembly every month to recognize students for showing good character.

And, combining this monthly event with Dr. Seuss's characters seemed to go hand-in-hand.

"In reading books, we can see a lot of how important character is, for the people in the stories, and how they show character. And, they used Dr. Seuss books and the stories to show how important character was," School Counselor Andrew Fisher said.

An $800 check was awarded to the winning first grade class.

This money will be shared with all other first grade teachers, so they can invest in books for their classrooms.

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