On March 2nd, 2018, 26 children and parents celebrated National Read Across America Day at Greensboro Housing Authority (GHA). This day was established in 1997 by the National Education Association (NEA) as a day to celebrate reading, creating awareness and motivation for children across the country about the joys and benefits of reading. March 2nd is also the birthday of the beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss.
Therefore, it was only appropriate that GHA hold a Dr. Seuss-themed event to celebrate this important day. The event emphasized the fun and significance of reading through stations featuring reading games, a photo booth, prizes and book giveaway. The popular Dr. Seuss character, Cat in the Hat, also stopped by to take pictures.
GHA's AmeriCorps Project R.E.A.D. (Reading Early Advances Development) team organized the event to provide a fun experience for parents and children. Additionally, this occasion also served as a means to promote the Project R.E.A.D. program and engage more children in understanding all the benefits that a love of reading bring. The Project R.E.A.D. program is made possible through an AmeriCorps grant from the North Carolina Commission of Volunteerism and Community Service. This grant has enabled GHA to focus on increasing the number of Guilford County children reading by third grade.