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, 2016, as “Read Across America Day.” The resolution was unanimously passed by the Senate.
“‘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,” said Senator Collins. “My own involvement with reading initiatives with Maine students has shown me that reading is the best way for children to love learning as they grow up. I commend parents and educators for teaching children how enjoyable reading can be and instilling enduring reading habits.”
“I am pleased to once again help offer bipartisan legislation celebrating the joy and importance of reading. Reading is vital to our children’s success. Read Across America Day is a great opportunity for adults to set a good example for young people by sharing a favorite book and helping to instill a lifelong interest in reading,” said Senator Reed.
Now celebrating its 19th 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.