Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) renewed their commitment to encouraging healthy reading habits among young Americans by introducing a bipartisan resolution designating today, March 2, 2017, as “Read Across America Day.” The resolution was unanimously passed by the Senate.
“My own involvement with reading initiatives with Maine students has shown me that reading is the best way for children to love learning and can help unlock young people’s full potential,” said Senator Collins. “‘Read Across America’ provides an opportunity for Americans of all ages to appreciate the joys of reading and recognize the important role reading has in helping students achieve academic and lifelong success. I commend parents and educators for teaching children how enjoyable reading can be and instilling enduring reading habits.”
Now celebrating its 20th year, Read Across America is an annual event sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA) and partner organizations that seeks to motivate children and teens to improve their literacy skills. The event coincides with the birthday of Theodor Geisel, better known by his pseudonym “Dr. Seuss,” who was a prolific writer of popular children’s stories. On the weekday closest to Geisel’s birthday, the NEA helps organize events and activities in schools throughout the U.S. that emphasize the importance of reading and the enjoyment it brings year-round.