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Read Across America kicks off with door decorating contest

Door decoration with each student wearing a cat in the hat, hatIn an effort to motivate children to read, A.W. Becker is hosting multiple events as part of a month-long Read Across America celebration. To kick off the celebration, A.W. Becker students and teachers participated in a door decorating contest. The colorful decorations were inspired by Dr Seuss books.

A.W. Becker families will have a chance to see the decorations during Literacy Night, 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, Mar. 2. The event will include interactive games, reading and activities, including bingo, book reviews and an opportunity for kids to make “Cat in the Hat” hats from paper and Oreo cookies.

Following this event, on Thursday, Mar. 3, community members will go into the classrooms at A.W. Becker throughout the day to read their favorite children’s books to students. Readers include RCS Superintendent Robert Libby, RCS Assistant Superintendent Brian Baily, high school basketball players, Board of Education members and more.

Read Across America is an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association. One part of the project is National Read Across America Day, an observance in the United States held on the school day closest to March 2. NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss.