Read Across America Day with Delaware Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall Long

On March 2nd (Dr. Suess’ birthday) people all around the country celebrate Read Across America day. This annual event reminds us of why it is so important to read to children. 3rd grade reading proficiency is a good indicator of whether a child will graduate on time from High School.

Delaware Lt. Governor Bethany Hall long, recently partnered with United Way of Delaware, and University of Delaware’s Early Learning Center, to read to Dr. Suess’ classic stories to young children for Read Across America day. Watch below as she gives her insight on the importance of reading to children.

Children who are not reading proficient by 3rd grade are 13 times more likely to drop out of high school. Reading to a child helps them develop a love for reading as well improve their comprehension and vocabulary.

A Little About Dr. Suess

From the smallest to the tallest—scholars of all ages will be delighted and surprised as they study the amazing life of Theodor Seuss Geisel. Dr. Seuss, is one of the most beloved children’s authors of all time. His perseverance (his first book was rejected by close to 30 publishers before finding a home); the variety and success of his work—writing, illustrating, advertising, fine art, sculpture, cartooning, filmmaking, and more; and his brilliant imagination and magical way with words make him one of the most fascinating individuals anyone could study.

Be sure to participate in Read Across America day on March 2nd!

Here’s more information on all of United Way of Delaware’s reading initiatives

 

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