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News Release: 27 February 2012

Read Across America...and Europe: Celebrate Reading on March 2nd!

Theodor Seuss Geisel Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school. Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2nd, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

Read Across America also provides parents, sponsors and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year. Contact your school to find what activities are planned for this year's celebration.

Background: In May 1997, a small reading task force at the National Education Association (NEA) came up with a big idea. "Let's create a day to celebrate reading," the group decided. "We hold pep rallies to get kids excited about football. We assemble to remember that Character Counts. Why don't we do something to get kids excited about reading? We'll call it 'Read Across America' and we'll celebrate it on Dr. Seuss's birthday." And so was born on March 2nd, 1998, the largest celebration of reading this country has ever seen.

Team DoDEA is committed to making sure our students master this foundational skill of reading. If you feel your child needs additional assistance, please contact your school directly to explore programs and tutoring opportunities.