Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. visited with first grade students to celebrate “Read Across America.” The Read Across America program was started by the National Education Association 22 years ago. The weeklong event aims to foster a nation of readers, focusing on motivating children to read through special activities, partnerships, and reading resources.
“Students who read frequently learn to read faster than other students, they learn social and emotional skills, and they even perform better on math tests,” Cappelli said. “Read Across America is an opportunity to be a part of encouraging that critical development, and to show kids that even in a world filled with television and video games there is still incredible value in the written word.”
Cappelli and the students read from their favorite books by Dr. Seuss – a mainstay of Read Across America events since its inception. The visit is intended to motivate students to open the doors to both fun and achievement by picking up a book.