Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
By Kabita Bagchi, Marketing Volunteer
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss
To open a child’s mind, the best is to open a book. It starts with the child looking at the pictures, listening to your voice reading aloud the book and connecting the dots. That’s how a child starts learning the importance of language. It helps establishing neural connection in their growing brains and builds their logical thinking and imagination. Cognition of spoken words helps them gradually transition to understanding of the written words. And with the child developing vital language skills, learning to read becomes as natural as learning to walk, talk and express. Encouraging children to read is key to prepare them to succeed in a changing world with better cognitive ability, communication skills, memory, concentration and general academic aptitude necessary for accomplishments in school, college, career and life.
Thus to commemorate reading and to encourage kids to get excited about reading, United Way of Lake County organized Dr. Seuss Reading Event at McCall Elementary on March 2nd in honor of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss’ birthday and in momentum to the Read Across America Day. Now in its 16th year, Read Across America Day, led by the National Education Association, is a nationwide reading awareness movement motivating every child in every community to celebrate reading.
Our volunteer readers from AbbVie, Lake County State’s Attorney, Lundbeck , ITW, Schiff Hardin LLP & Trustmark engaged with almost 300 students in Pre-K – 2nd grade at McCall Elementary to foster the love of reading amongst these young students. The volunteer readers turned the Monday morning into a fun learning opportunity by celebrating everything related to Dr. Suess and his books. They read their favorite Dr. Suess stories bringing them to life and spent quality time with the students narrating their own childhood reading and learning mantra setting exemplary examples of what early childhood reading and education can lead to for the future.
“I had such an awesome experience participating in the Dr. Seuss reading event at McCall Elementary. I was very impressed with the engagement of the first grade students while I read to them. They asked questions, shared stories and (thankfully) laughed at my Dr. Seuss inspired jokes. The best part of the event was seeing the excitement on students’ faces when I was reading. They were happy to have a guest in their classroom, but more than that, they truly enjoyed listening to the stories and sharing their thoughts on the books. Reading is so critical to foster life-long learning, and I am incredibly proud to have contributed to such a worthy program”, said Kate Neer, Manager of Corporate Communications, Lundbeck LLC and volunteer reader.