Thursday, April 02 2009 @ 03:39 PM EDT
BookPALS in several boroughs of New York City read in classrooms to celebrate Read Across America (Dr. Seuss' birthday).
Paul Hecht is pictured reading to the students.
BookPALS in several boroughs of New York City read in classrooms to celebrate Read Across America (Dr. Seuss' birthday). Paul Hecht took time out of his busy schedule to read to a classroom of 1st graders at PS 255 in Brooklyn. We would like to give a special thanks to Lori Caiazzo for all of her help with our programs at PS 255.
Did you know that Read Across America is the largest reading event in the country? During these special readings, our volunteers talked to the students about why reading is important in their lives and about their favorite books when they were children. Here is some background information from the NEA website:
"The National Education Association (NEA) annually sponsors Read Across America. Now in its eleventh year, NEA's Read Across America focuses the country's attention on how important it is to motivate children to read in addition to helping them master basic skills. NEA launched the Read Across America program in 1997. The nationwide reading celebration takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss, who epitomizes a love of learning. Dr. Seuss's use of rhyme makes his books an effective tool for teaching young children the basic skills they need to be successful."
A huge celebration took place at PS 255 that week. This is one of many art pieces that were displayed to celebrate the occasion.
A welcome display at the school explained why Read Across America is celebrated across the country.
This is one of many art pieces that were displayed to celebrate the occasion.
Paul Hecht is pictured with Linda Singer (principal at PS 255)