Middlesex County Celebrates Read Across America

Not everyone likes Green Eggs and Ham, but everyone loves a good book! Middlesex County joined in celebrating Read Across America Day.

Middlesex County Freeholders Ronald G. Rios and Kenneth Armwood both participated in events to mark the day by reading to local students and promoting a love of literature.

Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

Read Across America also provides National Education Association (NEA) members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year.

In May 1997, a small reading task force at NEA came up with a big idea.

“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.”

And so was born on March 2, 1998, the largest celebration of reading this country has ever seen.

Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.

At the national level, the nation’s largest teacher’s union sponsors and spearheads the program with support from more than 50 national nonprofit and association partners.

Locally, everyone-from schools to libraries to community centers to churches to hospitals to bookstores-is invited to host local events to celebrate and promote children’s reading.

In addition to the 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers who make up NEA membership, some 50 national organizations and associations give their support.


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