“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child,” the motto of the National Education Association’s Read Across America.
Read Across America is a yearly event that urges reading to children across the month of March. March 2nd is more often than not the chosen day to observe the importance of reading as it the Birthday of Dr. Seuss. This, the 18th year of Read Across America, would have been Dr. Seuss’ 111th birthday. “The thing about Read Across America Month, we want an adult to sit down and read with a child. When you have someone curl up with you: mom, dad, … , a firefighter, … and they spend that quality time reading some little story to you, the kids feel so special and they connect that special feeling with reading,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia.
P.S. 132’s Read Across America celebration took place on March 2nd and began at with a Pajama Parade. After the parade, the kids got comfy while guest readers from many walks of life read a favorite story. Policemen, firefighters, architects, business owners, salesman, educators, administrators, and even City Council Member Antonio Reynoso brought their favorite children’s book to read. Some storytellers made the experience an interactive one. Before Police Officer Perone opened a book he got his group to jump around for a few minutes with him, which made the kids, when seated, extra attentive to his tale. Even though the focus of the event is on the benefits children get when being read to, the readers also get something out of it. John D’Arienzo, President of the School Settlement Association, said, “This is just a great experience. I could do this all day.”
45 million people participated in Read Across America in 2014.