W.Va.'s Schools Encouraged to Participate in Read Across America Day

March 01, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State Superintendent Jorea Marple is encouraging schools across West Virginia to crack open a book and read as part of Read Across America Day on Friday.

The annual event, sponsored by the National Education Association, is celebrated on March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Experts often say Dr. Seuss epitomizes a love of children and learning. His use of rhyme makes his books an effective tool for teaching young children the basic skills they need to be successful.

“As a former reading specialist, I know how important reading is to developing skills that lead to college and career success,” Marple said. “When children become good readers in the early grades, they are more likely to perform well in other subjects and all through their school days. That’s why it’s important to encourage reading not only on Read Across America Day but every day. I encourage parents to read to their children, have older children read to you, read aloud, read as a class, read as a family, just read.”

To honor the good doctor and celebrate the fun and value of reading, schools and literacy groups are bringing a nation of readers together through special events on Read Across America Day.

“Encouraging children to read helps transform reading from a basic skill to a learned behavior and a lifelong habit,” Marple said. “Reading is the gateway to future success for all children.”

To spur an interest in reading, the West Virginia Department of Education launched Read WV, an online resource designed to promote literacy. The ReadWV campaign is designed to encourage children and the adults in their lives to make reading a priority early in life and to ensure that children read every day. The website includes information and links that can be used to help children not only learn to read better but to develop a love of reading. Access the website at www.readwv.com.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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