DENVER – Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia will join more than 45 million participants across the nation in the National Education Association’s 16th annual Read Across America Day celebration, Friday, March 1.
Lt. Gov. Garcia will join Superintendent Michael Clough and Principal Lyn Bajaj to read to 120 second graders at Alice Terry Elementary School, 4485 S. Irving St., Sheridan, at 10:00 a.m. Garcia will then join Hickenlooper at the state Capitol to share beloved Dr. Seuss stories with students from Centennial’s Creekside Elementary School at 11:00 a.m.
Hickenlooper will read the Read Across America proclamation and Dr. Seuss’ all-time classic book, The Cat in the Hat. The Capitol reading event will include a cake provided by Emily Griffith Technical College and an appearance from the Cat in the Hat and other characters.
“Helping children to develop good reading skills is an important factor in student achievement and lifelong success, and as educators, we want children to know that reading is important and fun,” said Colorado Education Association President Kerrie Dallman, who will join the celebration at the Capitol. “We appreciate Gov. Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Garcia hosting the Read Across America event because it sends a strong message that it’s important for adults to read with children. Studies have repeatedly shown that students who read—and are read to—do better in school and in life.”
NEA’s Read Across America, the nation’s largest reading event, honors the birthday of Dr. Seuss. CEA leads the state’s celebration of Read Across America by raising awareness of K-12 literacy programs and by bringing guest readers and media into schools across the state to visit our young readers and their teachers.