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Come join us March 2nd
Read Across America is an annual reading program that motivates children to read and stresses the importance of reading throughout their lives. It calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading each March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement, and research has shown that students who read for fun outperform those who do not.
The Dallas ISD Reading Language Arts Department will support Read Across America through its DALLAS READS-“Read with Me” program. On March 2, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., every Pre-K-2nd grade classroom will participate in reading activities showcasing Dr. Seuss’ book The Lorax. Volunteers will read the book with children and discuss how we can all work together to save the environment. Volunteers may also choose to spend 12 minutes reading two additional books to three different classrooms as part of the events surrounding the 3-2-12 project for grades PreK-5.
This year’s Read Across America program coincides with NBC/Universal’s March 2nd release of the movie The Lorax featuring the voices of Taylor Swift, Zach Effron, Danny Devito, and Betty White. NBC/Universal has joined forces with Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Random House to create posters and classroom viewing guides for the film.