This nationwide reading celebration takes place every year to commemorate the birthday of famous children’s author Dr. Seuss with the goal of encouraging a love of reading from an early age.
The National Education Association (NEA) began Read Across America Day in 1998, based on evidence that children who are routinely read to and who are immersed in engaging conversations about reading and books thrive. Children with less exposure to reading and books struggle to do as well in school and beyond (Campbell et al., 2002; Dickinson, McCabe, & Essex, 2006; Neuman & Celano, 2006).
In his weekly newspaper column, Dewey regularly mentions his personal love of reading and he encourages kids to read for enjoyment. In addition to participating in Read Across America, the Ukiah Police Department supports UUSD’s summer reading program, Ukiah Reads. For the last few years the Ukiah Police Department has provided gift certificates to recognize and reward the program’s top readers. “Reading is so important, and we hope by encouraging kids to read for fun--instead of only for school--we can help them succeed,” Dewey said.
“I’m so grateful to Chief Dewey and Sheriff Allman for their participation in Read Across America day. Our students look up to law enforcement leaders, and when they read in the classroom, it makes reading cool,” Kubin said.