Read Across America Day promotes early literacy

Gov. Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia joined more than 45 million participants across the nation for the National Education Association’s 17th annual Read Across America Day celebration on March 3.

As part of the festivities celebrating the legacy of Dr. Seuss, Hickenlooper read Green Eggs and Ham and a special rhyming proclamation at the State Capitol to a group of 55 kindergarteners from Clyde Miller Elementary School.

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lindsay Dolce, executive director of Colorado Reads, greet the 55 kindergarten kids from Clyde Miller Elementary School before the reading of Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham.”

“Every year the extraordinary works of Dr. Seuss help millions of children discover the incredible power of books to create joy and excitement in exploring the world around them,” said Garcia. “Read Across America Day highlights not only the importance of early literacy, but the childlike fun in reading and helping children develop the skills they need to succeed.”

Denver Public Library Byers Branch Manager Chufo Ramirez leads the kids as they sing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider Went Up the Waterspout” at the state Capitol on March 3.

Rodolfo Cardenas, former news anchor for Univision Colorado, read Huevos Verdes con Jamón to students from Clyde Miller Elementary School, 70 percent of whom are Spanish speakers.

Jerry Wilkins and David Collie have brought breakfast to the Capitol for the Clyde Miller kindergarteners, courtesy of the Colorado Egg Producers Association.
Photos by John Schoenwalter/The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Egg Producers Association and Emily Griffith Technical College provided breakfast at the event to kick-off the launch of National School Breakfast Week.

The Colorado Education Association coordinated Read Across America Day celebrations across the state including readings and a delivery of free books at Hanson Elementary School and Rose Hill Elementary School in Commerce City.

“Read Across America is all about instilling a love of reading in every child. It’s much more challenging to make that happen, though,” said vice president Amie Baca-Oehlert. “We’re happy to bring some new books into two schools in need and give their students some positive encouragement to become lifelong readers.”