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Get Ready for the Return of The Cat
on March 2

March 2 is beginning to show on the horizon, and Association members know what that means—it’s time to start planning events to celebrate NEA’s annual nationwide event, Read Across America. It’s held every March 2 to honor the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

In cities and towns, libraries and shopping centers, with green eggs and ham, educators, celebrities, local officials, parents, athletes, grandparents, librarians and others gather to help motivate children of all ages to pick up a book and spend some time with it.

Classes, schools and local associations all get in on the fun, planning all kinds of events. Here are some suggestions if you’d like to hold a Read Across America event:

• Check with administrators and get approval.

• Get in on the calendar. The official day is March 2, which falls on a Tuesday in 2010, but events can be planned at any time around then.

• Consult your school’s librarian. Chances are good that he or she already knows about RAA and may have some ideas. Be sure to reserve Dr. Seuss books in advance—there may be a run on them.

• Invite guest readers to come to your class and read to and with your students. There is something powerful about a respected member of the community sharing his or her love of reading.

NEA offers a wealth of ideas, materials, resources and expertise. Check out the RAA website for generous helpings of each:

VEA Will Recognize
Outstanding Teacher

The VEA’s Office of Teaching and Learning is always looking to promote, share and recognize outstanding work in the classroom. One way it does that is through the annual VEA Award for Teaching Excellence, given to an outstanding teacher who is creative, dedicated to lifelong learning, innovative, sensitive to and supportive of diversity, and an advocate for public education. If this sounds like you, or someone you know, let us know by nominating him or her.

The VEA Award for Teaching Excellence comes with a $500 cash award and recognition at the VEA Delegate Assembly in Virginia Beach in April. The winner also becomes VEA’s nominee for the NEA Award for Teaching Excellence, a national honor that includes a $25,000 cash prize.

Deadline for nominations is January 29, 2010. For more information, visit the VEA website at, click on “In the Classroom” and then “Grants & Awards.”

Find VEA on Facebook!

The VEA has launched a Facebook page to allow our members and others to interact with the Association and with one another. We look forward to a vibrant, active and diverse online community. To become a fan of the VEA page, go to .


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