U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today celebrated Read Across America Day by reading ‘House Mouse, Senate Mouse’ to Mrs. Tonya Shively's third grade class at St. Francis Holy Ghost School in Jerseyville.
“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. Thank you to Mrs. Shively and Principal Janet Goben for everything you do to educate the next generation of leaders and for allowing me to read to them and recognize the importance of Read Across America Day.”
Since 2013, 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. Read Across America Day encourages parents to read to their children and recognizes the importance of education.
Davis introduced H. Res. 753 recognizing March 2, 2018 as Read Across America Day:
Encouraging people in the United States to recognize March 2, 2018, 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 2nd to celebrate reading and all authors who ignite a love of reading: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives-- (1) honors all authors for their success in encouraging children to discover the joy of reading, including authors like Theodor Geisel (also known as `Dr. Seuss'), and Patricia McKissack; (2) honors the 21st anniversary of Read Across America Day; (3) encourages parents, educators, and communities 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.