March 2, 2016 - Valley Central community members share a love of reading with elementary students
“The more that you read, the
more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
In 1978, Theodor Seuss Geise, more
commonly known as, “Dr. Seuss” wrote those words in his children’s book, “I Can
Read With My Eyes Shut.” Although many things have gone obsolete since 1978 –
lava lamps, station wagons –reading remains a critical skill for all students
19 years ago, the National Education Association (NEA) established Dr.
Seuss’ birthday, March 2 as “Read Across America” day in an effort to encourage
children to develop a love of reading. Nationwide, schools, libraries and other
organizations plan events to celebrate Dr. Seuss and to foster reading skills.
Berea Elementary School has been celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday all
week long, with different themed days. On March 2, members of the Valley
Central School District community, including board members, district officials
and police officers arrived at the school, favorite book in hand, to read to
Student representatives from each class, many decked in the day’s “Wacky
Wednesday” theme, came to Berea’s front lobby, armed with signs welcoming their
guest readers, and escorted the reader to their classroom.
“Children emulate what they see, and when they see adult members of the
community enjoying a book, it sends a message that reading is a fun, life-long
skill to develop,” Interim Superintendent of Schools John Xanthis said. “I’m
grateful for all the support this event gets from around the community every
Click here to watch a video of Read Across America at Berea Elementary School
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