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Read Across America has come and gone

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This past Friday, volunteers recruited by the Greenville Arts Council participated in the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America events with Greenville Public School District.  Eleven volunteers, including Mayor John Cox, read to twelve kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms at Armstrong and Stern Elementary Schools.  Over 150 students were read Dr. Seuss stories and participated in various educational activities.

The NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. NEA estimates that last year almost 45 million children and adults celebrated the joy of reading on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. This year the hope is to bring a nation of readers together to really drive home the message of the importance of reading.

Benjamin Sheinkin, Arts in Education VISTA of the Greenville Arts Council, organized the event with the participating schools. “It’s a fun and educational way to celebrate the life of Dr. Seuss who had such an impact on so many people” says Sheinkin. “We also want to instill a love of reading in children at a young age so they become life-long readers.” This is the third year that the Greenville Arts Council is coordinating the event.

For more information about the Greenville Arts Council or the event, contact the office at (662) 332-2246 or Benjamin Sheinkin at bsheinkin@greenville-arts-council.com. Visit the arts council online at www.greenville-arts-council.com. For more information about National Education Association Read Across America visit their website at http://www.nea.org/readacross.