The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." -
Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
March 1st marks the birthdate of Dr. Seuss, one of the most imaginative and influential authors of children's books of our time. To celebrate the beloved author, educators and policymakers will be donning their Cat-in-the-Hat hats and reading to children. Now in its 16th year, Read Across America Day, led by the National Education Association, is an annual reading awareness movement asking every child in every community to celebrate reading.
Reading is not just simply surveying words written on a piece of paper. Reading is so much more than that. It's a simple act that takes ones' imagination to places far across the depths of imagination and creativity. For a child, reading takes them on a journey where their carefree spirits and young minds are allowed to flourish at the fullest extent. It is a utopic world where the shy girl becomes the heroine, battling against ferocious fire-breathing dragons and a place where stepping into a magical wardrobe leads school children to become courageous leaders. Reading is truly a fundamental and important act that will enrich and mold young minds - setting them on the path to academic success. With that said, we encourage you to read to a youngster in your life - not just today, but every day. This not only allows you to spend precious time with them, but also allows you to give them the tools to empower and encourage creativity and positive thinking in their growing minds.
Here at United Way, we strongly believe in expanding literacy for children by providing FREE books through our Central Valley Book Bank. Through the generous donations of Valley individuals and businesses, we have been able to donate thousands of new to gently used books (K-12) to schools, community centers, non-profit organizations and individuals throughout Fresno County. To make this happen, we rely on donations of books from the community. So to celebrate Dr. Seuss, we invite you to host a book drive - through your business, school, group, etc! Books of all sizes and genres are encouraged, as long as they fit within the K-12 categories. From 5 books to 500, any amount will make a tremendous difference in the lives of children. For more information on how you can participate in a book drive, please contact Melissa Tav at 559.243.3663 or firstname.lastname@example.org. By donating books, you are helping a child grow, one chapter at a time!
- Article by Melissa Tav