Reading Across America

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Every year, students at Gribbin Elementary School pledge to read in unison for 30 minutes in recognition of “Read Across America Day” a national event for the promotion of literacy sponsored by the National Education Association and Random House. The event is held in conjunction with the birthday of Dr. Seuss, which is March 2.

Since the good doctor’s birthday fell on Saturday this year, Gribbin students and their teachers, school-wide, dropped what they were doing to pick up a book and read on Friday March 1, covering a wide range of genres. Some students sported the signature Seuss hat worn by “The Cat in the Hat.” Educators agree that Dr. Seuss epitomizes a love of children and learning and his use of rhyme makes his books an effective tool for teaching young children basic literacy skills they need to be successful in life. Celebrating Dr. Seuss also sends a clear message to America's children that reading is fun and important.

The event comes off of the heels of yet another successful month of PARP, in which parents and other adults from throughout Glen Cove visited elementary schools to demonstrate their love of reading and encourage young children to read regularly. As Dr. Seuss once wrote, “"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child."