Pick up a good book.
And show you can read!
It's fun, it's important,
And it's something you need.
Students across McDuffie County joined the nation in focusing on reading during Read Across America Day Wednesday which is held annually to coincide with the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.
Students at all McDuffie County elementary schools joined in a variety of events that included tall red and white striped hats reminiscent of The Cat in the Hat, one of Dr. Seuss' most famous characters. Read Across America day included guest readers from the community and special reading incentives. Students at Dearing Elementary even won prizes based on their knowledge of books by Dr. Seuss.
Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, became an icon to those teaching young children to read by using rhyme to help them master crucial reading skills in books like Fox In Socks and Green Eggs and Ham.
Educators applaud Dr. Seuss' work because it appeals to even the youngest reader, getting them interested at an early age.
"Reading unlocks the door to all learning," said Maxwell Elementary School Media Specialist Eileen Moss.
"It's really important to instill this love of reading from the beginning of a child's education," she said.
The Read Across America program began in 1998 and is the largest national celebration of reading. It occurs each year on the birthday of Dr. Seuss, who died in 1991. Had he lived, he would have been 100 years old yesterday.