Davis Celebrates Read Across America Day
Reads ‘House Mouse, Senate Mouse’ to Ben-Gil Elementary in Gillespie
Davis reads to Ben-Gil Elementary students in Gillespie to recognize Read Across America Day.
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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today celebrated Read Across America Day by reading ‘House Mouse, Senate Mouse’ to kindergarten and first grade students at Ben-Gil Elementary in Gillespie. Davis has partnered with the National Education Association (NEA) each year to recognize a day in March as ‘Read Across America Day,’ which is supported by more than 50 education organizations to promote reading.
“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, 2017 as Read Across America Day. H. Res. 168 states the following:
Encouraging people in the United States to recognize March 2, 2017, 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 20th 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.