Thursday, February 28, 2013

READING WITH DR. SEUSS: His birthday is kickoff for Arlington literacy event

Children of all ages who love to read can celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with puppet shows, crafts, a photo booth, cupcakes and free books! The University of Texas at Arlington Chemistry and Physics Building, 700 Planetarium Place, is the place to be on Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m. to noon.
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday: Blaze through Reading is part of the National Education Association’s annual Read Across America initiative to encourage children to read. A presidential proclamation kicked off the campaign at the Library of Congress, and 45 million children are expected to participate nationwide. The Arlington event is a collaboration between the Arlington Public Library, UTA’s Freshmen Leaders on Campus and UTA Volunteers.
Arlington is one of 124 communities nationwide working with the Campaign for Grade Level Reading to ensure that our students are reading on grade level by the end of third grade. If students are not reading on their grade level by this time, it becomes increasingly more difficult for them to catch up and be ready for the higher grades.
Programs such as Dr. Seuss’ birthday are created to bring awareness to families about the importance of reading together and to inspire children to be better readers.

Cary Siegfried, Director of Libraries for the City of Arlington says, “While schools play a huge role in teaching students to read, they can’t do it alone. Our Campaign for Grade Level Reading initiative brings together the schools, local government agencies, business leaders, faith-based groups and others to work together to achieve our reading goal.”
Citizens interested in helping achieve some of the goals of the campaign may consult the Library’s website, to find ways to assist.
But in the meantime, bring the whole family on Saturday and join in the fun. Silly hats are welcome!
For more information, call the Leadership Center at 817-272-9220 or Freshmen Leaders on Campus at 817-272-2293. (Dr. Seuss art illustration at top by artist Donald Dusinberre)

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