Read Across America

Many people in the United States, particularly students and teachers, celebrate Read Across America Day, annually held on March 2.

This nationwide observance coincides with the birthday of Dr Seuss, who is known for writing children’s books such as Cat in the Hat. Read Across America Day promotes reading, particularly for children and young adults.  In 1997 an organization known as the National Education Association (NEA), suggested a special day to celebrate reading throughout the United States. This idea proved to be a popular one so it was not long before the first Read Across America Day was held on March 2, 1998.

Many schools, libraries, and community centers across the United States participate in the day by bringing people together to take part in reading books. Schools such as Fort Riley Elementary are participating by hosting themed days such as stripes day and having guest readers in classrooms.

Eisenhower Elementary participated in Read Across America by hosting a Celebration of Dr. Seuss all week long. Each day of the week had a different theme connected to Dr. Seuss books.

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Morris Hill Elementary celebrated this special week by hosting a school reading extravaganza throughout the building. Students and staff dressed in their favorite Dr. Seuss gear and paired up for part of the day to read Dr. Seuss books. Morris Hill Elementary’s Support Batallion, the 2nd Engineering Battalian, also read with the children.

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Fort Riley Elementary dressed as “Thing 1 & Thing 2” for their spirit day on March 2, and hosted the Kansas City Chiefs Wolf. The KC Wolf spoke to the children about the importance of reading and read a story to the school. The Facebook Live video can be found here: KC Chiefs Wold reads to Fort Riley Elementary.

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