March is “Read Across America” month and hundreds of school children throughout the Merrimack Valley participated in sponsored reading events, by the National Education Association in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Read Across America is an annual reading inspiration and awareness program, calling for every child in every community to rejoice in reading. Active members of each community come out to engage with and read to the children.
State Representative Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) was one of many elected officials in the Merrimack Valley who contributed as a reader. "All children deserve a mentor to motivate them to ensure they are exploring and advancing their young imaginations. As a new member of the Education Committee in the House of Representatives, I am thrilled to participate with schools throughout the Merrimack Valley to help carry on this great tradition–getting children enthusiastic about reading,” said DiZoglio.
Rep. DiZoglio chose Dr. Seuss' "Horton Hears a Who!" as her selected reading for the day at North Andover's Kittredge Elementary School. She explained the role of a State Representative in a Q & A with Ms. Desmond's and Ms. Orhn's third grade classes. She used the book's storyline to convey a mini community involvement and civics lesson. "I wanted to reach them at their level and encourage them. No matter how young they are, just like the tiny "Who" that saved his town in the book, they can make a big difference in their communities," said DiZoglio.
The Read Across America campaign is the nation’s leading reading celebration with more than 45 million people contributing in schools, libraries, and community centers around the country, to emphasize the significance of developing a love for reading at a young age.