At Walgrove Elementary in Mar Vista, students, teachers and even the principal came ready to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 108th birthday. They wore pajamas to get ready for story time as part of a national event sponsored by the National Educaton Association, (NEA) “Read Across America Day.” The event honors Dr. Seuss, who wrote "The Cat in the Hat", "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish," "Green Eggs and Ham" and many more classic children's books, by promoting the joy of reading for children.
According to an NEA press release, the event will engage an estimated 45 million educators, parents and students nationwide. This year the event was kicked oof at the The New York Public Library with actors Danny DeVito and Zac Efron reading Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” to 300 New York public elementary school students. The actors are both star voice talent for “The Lorax” animated feature which arrives in theaters today.
“This national celebration is not just about one hour or one day of reading, it is about cultivating a lifetime of good reading habits that will translate into academic success,” said NEA President, Dennis Van Roekel in the press release. “NEA’s Read Across America brings students, parents, educators and the entire community together to share the joy of reading.