Read Across America
For the thirteenth consecutive year, the New Jersey Education Association and the New Jersey State League of Municipalities are working in partnership to promote reading and family literacy through Read Across America-NJ. A sample Proclamation and press release are available on the League website.
Read Across America is an annual celebration of reading that culminates this year on March 1, 2013 the day before what would have been the 109th birthday of the late Theodore Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. Most of us and children throughout our communities know the many fun and valuable books of Dr. Seuss, from Cat in the Hat to Green Eggs and Ham to The Places We Go (a frequent school graduation gift). My personal favorite which I often read to elementary school children is the Sneetches, which is fun and a great lesson teacher.
In schools, libraries, and other venues across New Jersey, students, parents, and community members will participate in various events organized by local school employees, and we encourage you to join in the celebration of reading. The simplest way to get involved in Read Across America is to volunteer as a guest reader in a local school on March 1.
Other projects to help celebrate Read Across America include: Encourage your local governing body to adopt a proclamation designating March 1 as Read Across America Day in your community, and invite representatives of the local education association to be present when the resolution is adopted. Or conduct a book drive or donate books on behalf of the local governing body to schools and/or public libraries. Or plan to host a day or evening of family reading in the council chambers. Work with local school staff to organize the event and invite parents.
No matter how you choose to participate, we Read Across America-NJ is a terrific way as mayor to support learning and family literacy in your community. And help the tremendous celebrated works of Dr. Seuss to live on with all of our future generations.