GREENVILLE -Last week kicked off National Reading Awareness Month, as schools across the nation planned activities promoting one of our most valuable pasttimes.
Each year at the beginning of March, students begin National Reading Month by celebrating the birthday of the timeless Dr. Seuss by reading many of his most popular works and facts about his life.
“I think many of the kids have been introduced to Dr. Seuss, but the weeks is just so a lot of them can escape. A good book can take you anywhere,” Greenville Woodland Heights Elementary Librarian Kim Claudy. “I’m hoping they’ll really get hooked on books.”
At Woodland Heights Elementary School, students were involved in various games and contests, including a Stop, Drop and Read event where they were asked to stop what they were doing and pick up a book for the rest of the school day, and a game where Dr. Suess book covers were hidden around the school.
“It’s just something fun, and hopefully its something they’ll remember,” said Claudy. “I just decided to try to get the kids excited about reading.”
As part of the program, various community members including like former School Board Member Fred Matix and Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall read popular books to the classes.
The National Education Association sponsors the event, and aims to increase interest through its signature program, Read Across America.
The Read Across America event was originally just a one-day event partnering celebrating the life and literature of Dr. Seuss, but has since has grown into a nationwide program that promotes reading with fun activities every day.