Assemblymember Holly Mitchell Urges Reading With A Child on 'Read Across America Day'

March 04, 2011

For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Charles Stewart @ 310/342-1070

Dateline (Los Angeles, CA) – Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), asks you to read to a child today. On Wednesday, March 2nd, schools, libraries and bookstores throughout the nation celebrated the memory of Dr. Seuss by participating in Read Across America Day.

Dr. Seuss has been inspiring children to discover the fun in reading for more than a century. Encouraging children to develop a life-long habit of reading on what would have been Dr. Seuss' 107th birthday is a great way to celebrate, Assemblymember Mitchell said. I urge parents, grandparents, teachers, adults and teens to sit down and read with a child.

Mitchell's district office Field Representative Kevin Allen was on-hand at a Delta Sigma Theta Head Start program Kindergarten classroom located within the Mar Vista Housing Project. The children were were delighted to listen to his reading of the Dr. Seuss classic, Hop On Pop.

Read Across America Day is the beginning of the annual yearly nationwide campaign, sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA), to motivate children to read.

The more children read the better readers they become and the more they develop an enjoyment of reading. Indeed, literacy is the key to their future success in the world. In our increasingly technological age, we must continue to stress the importance of reading to everyone, the Assemblymember said.

Some of the NEA's partners in sponsoring Read Across America include: the Girl Scouts of America; the American Library Association; the Boys and Girls Clubs of America; the National PTA; the Newspaper Association of America Foundation; the National Football League; the National Basketball Association; and the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.

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