WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – In schools around the country, it is “Read Across America Day”; a time for young people to be reminded of the importance of reading.
The day, which is chosen to coincide with Springfield native Dr. Seuss’s birthday (the author would have turned 110 years old on Sunday), brings business, community, and political leaders into classrooms from coast to coast, for read-alouds with students.
It was no exception at the John R. Fausey Elementary School in West Springfield Monday morning, where 22News I-Team reporter Laura Hutchinson read to Mrs. Contois’ second grade class.
Students wore their pajamas to school and listened as Laura and the other guest readers read Seuss classics, such as Green Eggs and Ham, Oh! the Places you’ll Go!, and second grader Jennifer Whalen’s favorite, Bartholomew and the Oobleck .
Whelen described the day as being: “Surprising… fun… and awesome!”
She said that her favorite part of the day was when she got to read to a classmate.
“It feels like you’re kind of special, like you’re older and like you’re the teacher,” Whelen said. “You get to act sill and put all the emotions in.”
Read Across America Day was started 17 years ago by the National Education Association.