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Read Across America Celebrates Kick Off

Read Across America events are taking place across Virginia and the country this week.

At a special event at the Library of Congress on Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama, along with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and a host of film, television and sports personalities, read their favorite Dr. Seuss books to nearly 300 Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia elementary students. Check out more details here. The celebration marked Dr. Seuss' 107th birthday and kicked off NEA's national Read Across America campaign, which will engage an estimated 45 million educators, parents and students nationwide. VEA President Kitty Boitnott also participated in the Washington, D.C., event.

Boitnott, joined by VEA Vice President Meg Gruber, spent Friday morning reading to Richmond students at Woodville Elementary School. Richmond Education Association member Lola McDowell did a tremendous job organizing the event, which saw a parade of Richmond school officials, police officers and firefighters, elected officials, reading to eager students. (Check out the event photos here.)

On Tuesday, Renee Beverly, president of the Spotsylvania Education Association, helped to organize a Read Across celebration at the Fredericksburg Boys and Girls Club. The children made their own hats and ran special relay races, among other fun activities.

In Roanoke County, Oak Grove Elementary had a "puuuurrfect" Dr. Seuss Day thanks to the expert planning of librarian Mrs. Marcus.   She dressed like Cat and the Hat and the library was decorated like a birthday party! The students' mouths watered in anticipation for the birthday cake that was served at lunch in honor of Dr. Seuss. As you walked around the school, you spotted children making red and white hats, writing stories about Differdos, and listening to Dr. Seuss stories. "Oh, the Places" our students went today as we celebrate this very special birthday.


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