Education is paramount to individual growth. March 2 is Read Across America Day, founded by the National Association of Educators. The day strategically falls on the birth date of popular child author, Dr. Seuss, famous for his Cat in the Hat books.
The first Read Across America Day was celebrated March 2, 1998.
In 1997, a small group of people had a meeting about the lack of reading appreciation in the country. It was at that meeting the idea was formed. “Let’s create a day to celebrate reading,” the group decided. “We hold pep rallies to get kids excited about football. We assemble to remember that Character Counts. Why don’t we do something to get kids excited about reading? We’ll call it ‘NEA’s Read Across America’ and we’ll celebrate it on Dr. Seuss’s birthday.”
Individuals and community organizations celebrate this day by volunteering to read to children at local libraries, schools, community centers, churches, etc. On their website, the National Association of Educators provides a list of activities for adults to complete with children to keep the reading momentum going all year long.
How can you participate?
There are several ways to participate in the Read Across America event.
(1) Gather up some children in your neighborhood and host a reading party.
(2) Contact a local after-school program and volunteer to read to children or help tutor children that may have problems reading.
(3) Promote reading within your own households and have discussions regarding books recently read by you and your children.
There are countless ways to participate in Read Across America. Get creative and spread the magic of reading!