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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.” Sheila Lease Murphy reads to a class at Berea Elementary School Although many things have gone obsolete since 1978 – lava lamps, station wagons –reading remains a critical skill for all students to master.

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 the students.


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 year.” 

 Click here to watch a video of Read Across America at Berea Elementary School