MIDDLESEX COUNTY—To help promote a love of reading in school-aged children in New Jersey, Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin participated in “National Read Across America Day.”
“Increasing literacy rates in young children has to be one of our top educational priorities,” said Coughlin (D-Middlesex), a member of the Assembly Higher Education Committee and a former South Amboy Board of Education member. “Too often kids get to college without strong reading and writing skills. Programs like ‘Read Across America’ aim to change that.”
Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program, created in 1998 by the National Education Association (NEA) to motivate children to read. The annual event is held on March 2, the birthday of celebrated children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.
Coughlin participated in nine Read Across America events in the 19th Legislative District throughout the first week of March, beginning on Tuesday, March 2 and ending Friday, March 5.
The assemblyman read selections from Dr. Seuss and from several social studies texts. He also plans to hold additional reading events at schools in the district throughout the rest of the year.
“My wife, Tish, and I always did our best to instill our love of reading in our children,” said Coughlin. “Reading is the gateway to the imagination; anything and everything can happen on the printed page. It’s my hope that the children I met this past week get to experience a little bit of that magic and continue to pursue it on their own, long after my visit.”
“Dr. Seuss truly said it best,” Coughlin continued. “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.”
Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin reads to the 2nd grade class at Herbert N. Richardson 21st Century School in Perth Amboy for Read Across America Week in celebration of Dr. Seuss. He is joined by John Rodecker, superintendent of schools, Helen Horan, principal and Jamie Mayerowitz, class teacher.
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