Feb. 28, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Badger student-athletes are celebrating the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Day by reading Dr. Seuss books to students at local elementary schools on Friday, March 1.
NEA’s Read Across America Day is an annual reading motivation and awareness program aimed at children to celebrate reading near March 2, the birthday of author Dr. Seuss.
It is the largest reading celebration that the country partakes in, and it started in 1997 to get kids excited about reading with pep rallies, much like they do with sports. Students and teachers have a fun time, often wearing the Dr. Seuss hat to celebrate his birthday.
Select men’s basketball and football players will start off the day at Chavez Elementary School, being introduced at an all-school assembly and then reading books in individual classrooms. The student-athletes will then spend time at Randall, Heritage and Park Elementary Schools, promoting the importance of reading to the students throughout the rest of the day.
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