“The National Education Association (NEA) is building a nation of readers through its signature program, Read Across America,” reads the NEA website. “Now in its 19th year, this program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships and reading resources.”
The program lasts year round and on Wednesday, March 2, various schools, officials and organizations in Madison joined in to take part in NEA’s celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday by entering schools around the county to read to various classes in multiple grades.
Visiting Lee were dignitaries from Madison and Lee, such as Madison Property Appraiser Leigh Barfield; Madison County Tax Collector Lisa Tuten; Owner of Creatures Featured Liz Harris and many more.
All read books from Dr. Seuss’ collection of written works to the students at Lee Elementary.
The day encourages an interest in reading amongst the students of the county’s schools.
“From a child’s first foray into the depths of a story to an adult’s escape into a world of words, reading plays an integral role in lives,” said President Barack Obama in regards to March 2 being proclaimed as Read Across America day.