March 1, 2019

Maryland Senate Celebrates Read Across America Day

Joined by education advocates from the Maryland State Education Association, Friday saw the annual celebration of Read Across America Day in the Maryland General Assembly. The annual tradition is truly a highlight of the legislative session as the famous children’s icon the Cat in the Hat comes to the Senate and House Chambers to visit with legislators and receive book donations that will be enjoyed by children throughout Maryland’s Public School System.

Read Across America Day has been a tradition throughout the United States since its creation through the leadership of the National Education Association in 1997. Since that time, the Maryland State Education Association has proudly partnered with the Maryland General Assembly to bring the Read Across America Day celebration to Annapolis each year. According to the Maryland State Education Association Website, the organization states: “Our work as educators depends on many things: adequate funding, supportive administrators, parents, elected officials, and communities, safe, modern school facilities, and so much more. But encouraging literacy and kids who are strong, passionate readers is also critical to the success of our students and schools. That’s why MSEA and many local associations are such strong supporters of Read Across America and Read Across Maryland month every March.”

The Read Across America Day celebration is celebrated each year on the birth of the famous artist and author of the Dr. Seuss characters and books, Theodor Seuss Geise. Geise was born on March 2nd, 1904 and would author some sixty books which have sold over 600 million copies to date. The books have been translated to over twenty languages and enjoyed by generations of families throughout the world.

For reading resources or for more information on the Read Across Maryland Celebration, you can visit the website of the Maryland State Education Association at www.marylandeducators.org/read-across-maryland.

Senator Pamela Beidle (District 32 - Anne Arundel) with the Cat in the Hat

Senator Pamela Beidle (District 32 – Anne Arundel) with the Cat in the Hat

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