On Monday, March 3, 2014, schools throughout the United States as well as schools in Kansas will celebrate NEA’s (National Education Association) Read Across America. NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading while recognizing the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss (which is actually on March 2nd). In cities and towns across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others develop NEA’s Read Across America activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages.
Kansas National Education Association President, Karen Godfrey has planned to participate in Read Across America events in Wichita, Kansas during the morning and in Salina, Kansas later in the afternoon. Godfrey has remarked, “I’m encouraged that reading is clearly valued in every corner of Kansas. Teachers, administrators and support professionals in our public schools champion good reading habits everyday and their effort is having an impact.”
More Information On Read Across America:
- In May 1997, a small reading task force at NEA came up with a big idea. “Why don’t we do something to get kids excited about reading? We’ll call it ‘NEA’s Read Across America’ and we’ll celebrate it on Dr. Seuss’s birthday.”
- Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.
- At the national level, the National Education Association sponsors and spearheads the program with support from 40 national nonprofit and association partners. Locally, everyone—from schools to libraries to community centers to churches to hospitals to bookstores—is invited to host local events to celebrate and promote children’s reading.
More Information on Reading Literacy:
- Twentysix percent of children who were read to three or four times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet. This is compared to 14 percent of children who were read to less frequently.
- The more types of reading materials there are in the home, the higher students are in reading proficiency, according to the Educational Testing Service.
- The U.S. Department of Education found that, generally, the more students read for fun on their own time, the higher their reading scores.