March 2, 2016 is Read Across America Day!
In 1998, the National Education Association declared the nation’s first Read Across America Day as a national day to celebrate reading for all ages — especially children. The holiday is now celebrated annually on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2nd.
Read Across America Day is primarily observed in elementary schools, but it should not stop there. Reading is a tremendous gift for all ages. It allows us to step into someone else’s shoes, explore new worlds, and learn new things. Think about all of the reading you do every single day. Maybe it’s the newspaper or your news feed online. It could be a textbook, a business proposal, a popular magazine, or even the menu at your local restaurant.
So, if reading is for everyone, why should a celebration of reading be limited to just children?
For Read Across America Day 2015, we featured a set of classroom activities themed around Seuss’ book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”. (Click here to read our post!)
This year, we decided to try something new. We do not think Read Across America Day should just be for students. We believe it is for everyone! Just because you’re not a student does not mean you shouldn’t join the celebration!
So here are three ways to celebrate Read Across America Day 2016:
Feel like celebrating in another way? Consider making a donation to the Creative Education Institute (CEI). CEI is helping transform our Richards Learning Systems® curriculum into a series of videos for the classroom setting and beyond. With your contribution, we can bring the gift of reading to learners all over the world. Click here to donate today!