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Changing the World One Rhyme at a Time: an Ode to Dr. Seuss

From children to adults, Dr. Seuss has been a major influence in making reading more enjoyable for his audience. With a comical yet poetic twist, Seuss’ stories unlocked imaginations and captured minds.  At 20 years old, I can still appreciate a good Dr. Seuss book.RAA2014PosterThumb.jpg

However, I do not stand alone.

There is an old & young audience across the United States that share the same appreciation for Dr. Seuss. For 17 years, the National Education Association has recognized Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a program called Read Across America.

Read Across America is a literacy program where the NEA motivates children from all across the country to participate in reading while raising awareness of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. To make things more Seuss-Official, President Obama proclaimed March 3rd to be Read Across America Day. What they refer to a ‘Seussical Celebration’ consists of a week long tour where NEA members mobilize students, parents & community leaders to share their love for reading and appreciation for Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel. This tour brings every bit of enthusiasm for literacy development to various cities from the lakes of Michigan to the tea roses of Oklahoma!

Believe it or not, The United States Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy reported an illiteracy rate of 19% among high school graduates. In addition, there are roughly 14% (32 million) of Americans who cannot read. There are a multitude of reasons why the education system may have failed them, however, programs like these can help fix that. As cliché as it sounds, reading really is fundamental!

For those interested in getting involved with Read Across America, share activities you partake in during this national day! In return, you’ll be included to their listserv and exposed to all the various events and opportunities surrounding the Read Across America campaign. If you are more of the pioneer type, take your own initiative, open a book, and read for the youth. Motivate children to read. This is a very important factor in student achievement as well as individual reader development.

Read for the future.

written by Falating Woods

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