It's time to Read America

ALBANY -- It is time once again to celebrate the birthday of America's favorite children's books writer, Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Suess is the pen name of Theodor Geisel, who was born March 2, 1904. His books, such as "The Cat in the Hat" and "Go, Dogs, Go," written in whimsical rhyme, are often the first exposure children have to reading. Each year, the National Education Association hosts Read Across America to commemorate his birthday.

Read Across America is a year-round literacy project that encourages readers, both young and old, to celebrate reading. First Lady Michelle Obama joined NEA last year to share her love for reading with hundreds children at the Library of Congress.

This year, the Dougherty County School System will recognize the reading event on Friday. This will be the 14th year that DCSS has participated in the event. Some schools will serve green eggs and ham for breakfast in honor of Dr. Seuss.

"Read Across America Day provides an opportunity for our schools and community to join in motivating children to read by making it fun." Marie Salter, lead media specialist for DCSS, said last week.

Many schools have invited leaders in the community to read to students during the day. Some of the guest readers will include Mayor Willie Adams, District Attorney Greg Edwards, Magistrate Judge Victoria Darrisaw and representatives from the school system's Partner in Excellence, the Albany Board of Realtors.