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VA Schools Celebrate Seuss on "Read Across America Day"

March 3, 2008

Fairfax County, VA - The Cat in the Hat is on the prowl in Virginia schools today. Students and teachers are honoring the author of children's classics like Green Eggs and Ham and Horton Hears a Who on "Read Across America Day." Centreville art teacher Precious Crabtree with the Virginia Education Association says it's an effort by teachers to get kids to read in the company of a caring adult.

"Parents are busier than they were, and I think that we have to do whatever we can to encourage parents to read to their child every day. It should be an important part of a child's routine."

Crabtree adds the program also restores some of the fundamentals that have been lost due to federal education mandates.

"I think that No Child Left Behind has focused so much on test-taking that we've gotten away from some of the real things like reading great Dr. Seuss books."

Read Across America Day, founded by the National Education Association in 1997, takes place each year around Seuss' birthday on March 2. Schools are marking it this year with parties, celebrity readers, and other events to help develop a love of reading among young students.

John Robinson/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - VA