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Sept. 27, 2006

Kermit the Frog to read to students at Hill Center appearance on Friday

Kermit the Frog – Grand Marshal of the MSU Homecoming Parade – will make a stop in the Hill Career Academy auditorium to read a book for an audience of predominantly magnet school students from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 29. Hill Career Academy is at 5815 Wise Road in Lansing.

Kermit will join Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Lansing School District Superintendent E. Sharon Banks, PhD., in reading children’s books to students from Pleasant View Magnet School for Visual and Performing Arts; Woodcreek Magnet School for Math, Science and Engineering; Wexford Montessori Magnet School; and Averill Elementary School.

The assembly is open to the news media, but Kermit will not be available for interviews until a press availability at MSU at noon the same day at the Clara Bell Smith Center.

“We are so appreciative to MSU and Kermit for making this event possible for our students,” Banks said. “This will be an extremely memorable day for these young readers and, I hope, will go a long way toward instilling in them a lifelong love of reading.”

Kermit was first featured on television in 1955 and made his first network television debut on Steve Allen’s “Tonight Show” in 1956. This led to many more TV appearances and finally his big break in 1969 when Kermit joined the cast of a new show called “Sesame Street.” Seven years later, the prime-time hit television series “The Muppet Show” gained Kermit a legion of older fans and catapulted the mild-mannered frog to superstardom in more than 100 countries. Since then, Kermit has been in six feature films and has made numerous television appearances from “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” to “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” He has guest hosted on CNN’s “Larry King Live” and “The Tonight Show” among others. Today, Kermit has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


The Lansing School District offers nine magnet programs focusing on math, science, and engineering; visual and performing arts; international studies; Montessori; and leadership.