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Mary Hiniker in her River Crest Elementary School reading room, where Dr. Seuss characters help make the learning fun.(Star-Observer photo by Chuck Nowlen)

Dr. Seuss, reading excellence and Arkansas road trips

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The Cat in the Hat, the Grinch and all the other Dr. Seuss toys in Mary Hiniker’s reading room might be gone soon, but it’s a safe bet that her students won’t forget them.


“I’ve gotten lots of little notes from my kids over the years,” Hiniker says, motioning to about a dozen hand-written thank-yous and “Best Reading Teacher” messages taped to her walls at River Crest Elementary School.

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Chuck Nowlen
Chuck Nowlen joined the Star-Observer team as a business, township and general-assignment reporter in April, 2014 after a three-decade career in newspapers and magazines, and as a newsroom-management/business-planning consultant.
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