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Jermaine Kearse goes Dr. Seuss at Tillicum Elementary in his hometown for Read Across America day

One fish. Two fish. Red fish. Blue fish.

That wasn't Dr. Seuss in the huge Dr. Seuss hat today at Tillicum Elementary School. That was Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse reading to school kids in his hometown of Lakewood on Read Across America day.

The News Tribune photographer Peter Haley captured Kearse as one of nine "celebrity readers" who presented books to students throughout Pierce County on Monday.

Afterward Kearse went into the school's gym to shoot baskets with kids -- including one wearing a No. 24 home, blue jersey of Kearse's teammate, Marshawn Lynch.

Kearse expects to be staying around his native Puget Sound region. He is a restricted free agent, meaning the Seahawks have the right to tender him a contract offer this month and then match any other offer he may get this spring. He said last month two days after Super Bowl 49 that he expects to remain with Seattle for a while.

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