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TN Kids Celebrate Read Across America Day

March 2, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A strong early learning experience is the foundation in a child's educational future. Pre-K programs have been proven to increase readiness levels of children entering kindergarten, especially those of low-income or at-risk families.

Tennessee Education Association president Earl Wiman says children and teachers at one Nashville school are celebrating Read Across America Day today by joining Governor Phil Bredesen as he reads one of his favorite stories, "The Little Engine that Could."

Wiman says Read Across America Day shines a spotlight on one of the governor's main achievements, the successful pre-kindergarten program:

"We want to make sure that our communities and our parents and folks understand how important pre-K education is.""

He says reading with comprehension underpins achievement in math and science.

"Reading is very central to math and science and it goes without saying how central it is for social studies and English and other skills as well."

Teachers have been asked to celebrate Read Across America Day and today's birthday of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, by starting the day with serving up Green Eggs and Ham for breakfast, holding The Cat in the Hat Mess Relays and using laundry baskets to clean up afterward, and using books like Fox in Socks and The Foot Book to inspire pupils to play games like Twister, which teach the concepts of left hand, right hand and colors.



Randy O'Brien, Public News Service - TN