Davis Celebrates Read Across America Day
Reads ‘House Mouse, Senate Mouse’ to Jerseyville East Elementary School
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) released the following statement celebrating Read Across America Day, a day supported by more than 50 education organizations to promote reading. Last week, Davis read ‘House Mouse, Senate Mouse’ to second graders at Jerseyville East Elementary School in anticipation of Read Across America Day.
“My wife Shannon and I read to our three kids nearly every night when they were younger – being able to recite some of their favorite books by heart,” said Davis. “By encouraging a love for reading, we can help children learn and further their education.”
Read Across America Day encourages parents to read to their children and recognizes the importance of education. Davis introduced a resolution recognizing March 2, 2016 as Read Across America Day. H. Res. 622 states the following:
Encouraging people in the United States to recognize March 2, 2016, as Read Across America Day.
Whereas reading is a basic requirement for quality education and professional success, and is a source of pleasure throughout life;
Whereas the people of the United States must be able to read if the United States is to remain competitive in the global economy;
Whereas Congress has placed great emphasis on reading intervention and providing additional resources for reading assistance, including through the programs authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.) and through annual appropriations for library and literacy programs; and
Whereas more than 50 national organizations concerned about reading and education have joined with the National Education Association (NEA) to use March 2 to celebrate reading and the birth of Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
(1) honors Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, for his success in encouraging children to discover the joy of reading;
(2) honors the 19th anniversary of Read Across America Day;
(3) encourages parents to read with their children for at least 30 minutes on Read Across America Day in honor of the commitment of the House of Representatives to building a Nation of readers; and
(4) encourages the people of the United States to observe Read Across America Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.