In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, Read Across America motivates children to read

Over 3.2 million teachers and 50 national organizations and associations will celebrate Read Across America this Friday, which is also Dr. Seuss' birthday. (WSYX/WTTE)

Readers in Central Ohio will join millions across the country to celebrate the 21st annual National Education Association's Read Across America Day on March 2, 2018.

Over 3.2 million teachers and 50 national organizations and associations will celebrate Read Across America this Friday, which is also Dr. Seuss' birthday.

The NEA, calls for every child to celebrate reading on March 2. The idea began in May 1997, a small reading task force at NEA came up with the idea and Read Across America was officially born on March 2, 1998.

Let's create a day to celebrate reading," the group decided. "We hold pep rallies to get kids excited about football. We assembled to remember that Character Counts. Why don't we do something to get kids excited about reading?

The group decided to celebrate it yearly on Dr. Seuss' birthday. The beloved children's author passed away in 1991, but his legacy lives on. Dr. Seuss' books are still read in classrooms throughout the world.

The NEA says the purpose of Read Across America is to motivate children to read and that research has shown that children who spend more time reading do better in school.

WSYX/WTTE's Stacia Naquin visited elementary schools in Central Ohio to celebrate the holiday! Stacia stopped by North Linden Elementary and Schottish Corners Elementary to read a few of the kid's favorite books.

At the national level, NEA sponsors programs throughout the country. Locally libraries, community centers, hospitals and churches participate.

Celebrating Read Across America Day? ABC 6/FOX 28 wants to see your photos of you or your kids enjoying books. Photos can be submitted here!



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