“Reading is Cool”
March 2, 2009
Pierre, SD – If Dr. Seuss could just see what he started: Thousands of schools, libraries and communities across South Dakota and the country are celebrating Read Across America Day today. Sandy Arseneault, president of the South Dakota Education Association, says the annual observance is sponsored by the National Education Association to bring kids and books together; it always falls around March 2nd, the birthday of the renowned children's author, Dr. Seuss. She says reading is a critical skill for children because it's basic to their success in school and as adults.
"It's actually kind of a very fun event also, a time where we can kind of let loose and read to kids and just enjoy the stories that are out there. You know children's ability to read is definitely linked to success in their school career all through, K through 12."
National Education Association board member Christy Levings, a 35-year veteran elementary teacher, says it's important parents realize they're role models.
"If your kids have never seen you read anything, you ought to step back and say, 'I can be a different role model.' But don't make it too hard for yourself. Enjoy it, and the more fun you're having, the more you look forward to reading. That's a great thing to give to your kids."
Today's Read Across America Day in South Dakota begins at the Capitol with a reading event in the Rotunda at 12:30 p.m., and other events are being held at schools across the state. This year's theme is "Reading is Cool".
More about Read Across America is at www.nea.org