Read Across America 2017
March came in like a reading lion as, all across America, schools and libraries united to spread a love of reading on Read Across America Day. The National Education Association (NEA) started this annual celebration in 2002 and set the date on March 2nd in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. NEA’s goal is to show America’s children the joy of reading and build a nation of readers.
Schools, libraries, community centers, etc. are encouraged celebrate in their own unique way. Each year, PS 132 invites representatives from local business, community organizations, and elected officials to read their favorite book to a class. This year they also invited Dr. Seuss characters: Thing 1 and Thing 2. Before the reading gets underway, the students parade through the main hallway carrying signs, or showing off their favorite book, and chanting chants: all to cheer on the importance of reading. Plus the students are allowed to wear their PJs — making the day more festive and the kids more comfortable as they hunker down to hear some good stories.
Council Member Antonio Reynoso didn’t let the unusually early high pollen count stop him from reading Dr. Seuss’s “The Lorax” to his assigned class of fourth graders. Other guest readers represented: Assemblyman Lentol’s office, St. Nicks Alliance, NYPD, FDNY, Department of Education, Crest Hardware, and many others.