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Virginia Students Celebrate 'Read Across America'

March 2, 2009

Richmond, VA - This week, thousands of Virginia schoolchildren will take part in the National Education Association "Read Across America" celebration of reading as fun. It kicks off on March 2 to commemorate the birthday of the late Theodore Geisel, the author more commonly known as Dr. Seuss. His book, "The Cat in the Hat" - written decades ago as a creative alternative to the "Dick and Jane" readers - is the official symbol of the nationwide endeavor, now in its 14th year.

Kitty Boitnott, president of the Virginia Education Association, invites parents to read with their children.

"We urge parents to sit down and read with their children for at least 30 minutes a day. Turn off the TV, turn off the computer. Spend some quality time reading a good book."

Boitnott says adults may even be surprised at just how rewarding reading with children can be.

"If parents haven't yet figured out how to carve out that 30 minutes, they are shortchanging themselves as well as their children. That time can be spent for bonding as well as for teaching their children the importance of reading."

Boitnott says getting in a regular habit of reading with children is as easy as one, two, three. She and with hundreds of volunteers across the nation, from groups as diverse as the National Football League and the American Library Association, will be spending the day reading with students .

Aries Keck, Public News Service - VA