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Read Across America Brings Attention to Importance of Reading

State Superintendent June Atkinson spent some quality time Friday (March 2, 2012) with Rea View Elementary School students when she participated in Read Across America.

“Reading is the foundation of all learning,” Atkinson said after she finished reading the Dr. Seuss book titled “Lorax” to students. “This is a way to bring attention to how important it is for parents and citizens to read to children. We need all people to join hands to make sure all children read well.”

UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis also took part in the national event, by reading to students at New Salem Elementary and Marshville Elementary. He was one of numerous UCPS educators to read Dr. Seuss to classrooms.

The National Education Association's 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. The association hopes to build a nation of readers through its signature program, now in its 13th year.

Atkinson read to second, fourth and fifth graders at Rea View Elementary. “Being here at this school and seeing students really energizes me to do that which is important and right for the one-and a-half million children we have in our schools,” she said.

Thousands of schools, libraries and community centers participate in this event, bringing together students and books, which are read in the company of a caring adult.

Written by: By Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Mar 05, 2012 by Diann Harvey

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