For the second year in a row, children and parents celebrated National Read Across America Day at Greensboro Housing Authority (GHA). This day was established in 1997, on Dr. Seuss’s birthday, by the National Education Association (NEA) as a day to celebrate awareness, and motivation for children across the country about the joys and benefits of reading. Fifty-eight parents and children attended this event held at Claremont Courts on March 1, 2019.
Children participate in the reading activities offered at the event
The celebration emphasized the fun and significance of reading through stations featuring reading games, a photo booth, prizes, and a book giveaway. Dinner and dessert were also provided. Then the favorite Dr. Seuss character, Cat in the Hat, 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 igniting excitement and passion for reading. 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.
Project READ coordinator, Tiffany Dunlap and CEO, Tina Akers Brown pose with two young Claremont residents in the Dr. Seuss photo booth
Thanks to everyone who made it a successful event!