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Thursday, March 3, 2011

First Lady Celebrates Read Across America (And A Happy Dr. Seuss Birthday)

This week President Obama issued a Read Across America Day proclamation that stated:
Hidden in the pages of books are extraordinary worlds and characters that can spark creativity and imagination, and unlock the potential that lies within each of our children. Reading is the foundation upon which all other learning is built, and on Read Across America Day, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting America's next generation of great readers.
First Lady Michelle Obama, along with Education Secretary Arne Duncan spent the morning reading Dr. Seuss classic, Green Eggs and Ham to hundreds of elementary school students as part of the National Education Association’s 14th annual Read Across America Day.

The First Lady emphasized that reading to children is an important part of their growth and development. NEA’s Read Across America, sponsored by the 3.2 million-member National Education Association, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P., and more than 50 national partner organizations, is a year-round literacy campaign designed to motivate children to read by making it fun. Every year, around the time of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, NEA hosts a major event designed to pay homage to the beloved children’s book author and get our nation’s children excited about reading.

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