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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


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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