“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” — Dr. Seuss
On March 2, over 50 volunteers participated in a countywide volunteer effort to read to over 1,000 students in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day*. Volunteers read to students, ranging from Pre-K to 3rd grade, at Glen Flora Elementary in Waukegan, Pleviak Elementary in Lake Villa and Green Bay Early Childhood Center in North Chicago.
United Way of Lake County organized the event because we know that 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.
During the opening remarks, United Way program staff shared the importance of early childhood literacy and the impact of celebrating reading holidays like Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
“Prioritizing reading makes a huge difference in every child’s life both inside and outside the classroom. For young children to experience volunteers visiting their classroom for Dr. Seuss’ birthday and enthusiastically share their love of reading with them is really impactful. The impression the students are left with will help open their minds to what reading will allow them to do: imagine, explore, learn and solve problems,” shared Sue Baehr, United Way of Lake County’s Reading Success Program Manager.
Volunteers read Dr. Seuss books to classrooms, as well as shared about their careers and the importance of reading. Volunteers include professionals from Abbott, AbbVie, Trustmark Companies and many other Lake County companies.
“We are thrilled to have many Lake County businesses represented at our Dr. Seuss Reading Event today. Our volunteers make this such a fun event for the students. They’re enthusiasm and eagerness are just what the children need to instill a love of reading at an early age,” said Kristi Long, President and CEO of United Way of Lake County.
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And don’t forget to check out our video recap below!
Learn how you can get involved with United Way’s Reading Success Program here.
* 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.