March 2nd is National Read Across America Day!
Founded by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998, a year prior to the kick off a small reading task force at NEA came up with this fantastic idea.
“Let’s create a day to celebrate reading,” the group decided. “We hold pep rallies to get kids excited about football.”
Appropriately choosing Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2nd is a day devoted to motivating children to read! Realizing that this is an important factor contributing to student achievement, it also creates lifelong successful readers. The NEA has continued to sponsor and leads the program for almost 20 years, boasting support from more than 50 national nonprofit and association partners! With 3.2 million members comprising of elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers; it’s not hard to imagine how today has been unabating in its success. Communities are excited to come together, from schools to libraries to even hospitals, looking to host “reading events” that will promote as well as celebrate the upcoming generations in their literary enlightenment.