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Call for Volunteers: Read Across America

Greenville Arts Council is looking for Volunteers on March 1, 2013

Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat! Celebrate NEA’s Read Across America Day

If you’ve ever shared a book with a child, you know the joy and excitement this small but meaningful act can bring. But, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, since 1993 only 53 to 58 percent of children ages three to five received this joy on a daily basis. From coast to coast, teachers, celebrities, community members, and parents are putting aside the many hats they wear for work and play and donning their reading hats, the red and white striped stovepipe hat of the Cat in the Hat. Here in Greenville, MS the Greenville Arts Council is looking for volunteers to read to kids at their own Read Across America Event.  

To get kids excited about reading and encourage more adults to spend time reading with their children, the National Education Association (NEA) launched the first NEA’s Read Across America day in 1998. On March 1, 2013, NEA’s Read Across America will mark twelve years of celebrating reading and the birthday of Dr. Seuss. For the past three years, the Greenville Arts Council has hosted Read Across America events in both Greenville Public and Western Line Schools. The Arts Council has partnered adults with classrooms and over the last three years they have shared the power of reading with multiple classes and students.

The Greenville Arts Council is looking to the community to find volunteers interested in participating in this reading event on March 1, 2013. Please mark your calendar and call the Greenville Arts Council at 662-332-2246 OR email us at bsheinkin@greenville-arts-council.com if you have questions or are interested in volunteering on Friday, March 1, 2013. For more information about how to generate excitement for reading among America’s children and their families and about best practices for motivating and teaching reading, visit www.nea.org/readacross.

In bringing a nation of readers together under one hat, NEA’s Read Across America and the Greenville Arts Council offers opportunities for you to volunteer, to read, and to share your life experiences; opportunities for businesses to contribute products to congratulate young readers and for employees to volunteer time at reading programs; and opportunities for our elected officials, from the national to the state and local levels, to make reading a high priority.