In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, schools across the nation celebrated Read Across America Day on March 2. The National Education Association created the program to help spread the joy of reading to children and adults alike. The program has been held for 20 years and is present year-round, but is especially celebrated once a year.

“Read Across America is special to us because we love Dr. Suess and it celebrates his birthday,” Primrose School of Prosper Director Traci Mackintosh said. “It helps bring in the community and helps the children see life outside of the school. Knowing that reading is important and literature is the grounds of almost everything, we enjoy having people come and read to the children. It’s exciting.”

A variety of community leaders were present at the event and read to the kids. Representatives of the community included Chief Doug Kowalski, Chief Ronnie Tucker, Mayor Ray Smith and Officer Gary McHone. Each was given the opportunity to read a Dr. Seuss book to a class of children.

The school celebrated the event by decorating the hallways and classrooms with welcoming Seuss decor. The excitement and involvement surrounding the event demonstrated the importance of reading for students and the positive impact that a connection with the community can have on the school. The presence of local Prosper leadership is sure to do much in the way of motivating students to pursue a love of reading.