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Read Across America Celebration Continues

By Amy Buffenbarger

March 3, 2010 — National Education Association members agree with Dr. Seuss when he said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” As NEA's Read Across America celebration continues this week, educators and parents are sharing their plans to encourage reading and honor the beloved author.

NEA’s Read Across America Facebook fan page has had a steady stream of comments and pledges coming in from all over the country. Here is a sample of what educator members are sharing on the Facebook page:

Mary Ellen Valdez shared how she has turned Read Across America into an annual service learning project for her seniors at Visa Del Lago High School in Moreno Valley, California. This year her students visited Armada Elementary School to celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday by reading his books to young children from kindergarten through third grade, English language learners and special education students. All of them wore Dr. Seuss hats and painted their faces to show kids that reading is as fun as you want it to be.

At Heather Schott’s school, Enadia Elementary in West Hills, California, everyone wore Cat-in-the-Hat bowties and hats and had volunteer reading parents in every classroom.

South Abington Elementary School celebrates all week, said Laurie McMillan. The school planned activities like a book swap (students bring in books to trade), a book collection for charity, a read-aloud by a guest storyteller, a PTA book distribution (with everyone wearing red and white), and a raffle for a bookstore gift card.

The snow day yesterday in Georgia didn’t stop Laura Joy Wolfe from celebrating Read Across America Day with her children at home. “We decided to have an impromptu birthday celebration for Dr. Seuss. We are also reading many of his books and working on some activities I found,” Wolfe commented.

In New York City on Thursday, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel will be joined by Katherine Paterson — the newly appointed National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and author of The Bridge to Terabithia — for the Celebration of Teaching and Learning Read Across America Read-In.

For all of these events, there are the 2010 Read Across America Awards. Winners in each category receive $250 and bragging rights for the year. Applications are due April 20.