Ashman Elementary School invited various community members to read to students to celebrate March 2, which is a national holiday – Read Across America Day, as well as Dr. Seuss Day.
Richfield Mayor David Ogden read to approximately 60 kindergarten students as one of the Come Read With Me event’s celebrity readers Monday morning. Ashman Elementary Principal Jill Porter and PTO President, Tori Ott, organized the event for the students.
“The holiday is a day to celebrate and encourage reading,” Porter said. “The students always get excited when people come share a story with them.”
During the 1990s, the National Education Association advocated for a day to celebrate reading all over the United States. In 1998, the association launched an annual event called Read Across America Day.
The association began holding the annual Dr. Seuss Day, which celebrates the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, an American author known by the pen name by which he authored and illustrated some of the world’s most iconic children’s books.
“I chose to share one of my favorite books with the students,” Ogden said. “Dr. Seuss’ ‘Horton Hatches the Egg’ includes themes and talks about principles that are very important.
It emphasizes the importance of honesty; doing what you say you will do, meaning keeping promises and living up to commitments; the benefits of diligence and loyalty; as well as not making fun of friends or judging others.
“It was a wonderful experience,” Ogden said. “Students are our hope for the future. They are the ones that will lead, serve our country and make decisions in the future – it is important we give them the tools they will need to do such responsibly down the road.”