Pickens County District Commissioner Becky Denney reads to students Renee Walker's Fourth Grade Class at Harmony Elementary for Read Across America Day, a celebration held on or near Dr. Seuss' birthday, March 2.
"Literacy is the foundation of every child's education. It opens doorways to opportunity, transports us across time and space, and binds family and friends closer together," President Barak Obama said in a recent statement about Read Across America Day. "When parents, educators, librarians, and mentors read
with children, they give a gift that will nourish souls for a lifetime. Today, Americans young and old will take time to get lost in a story and do their part to cultivate the next generation of talent and intellect.
"This day is also a time to honor the legacy of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to us as Dr. Seuss. Countless Americans can recall his books as their first step into the lands of letters and wordplay," he says. "With creatures, contraptions, and vibrant characters, they have led generations of happy travelers through voyages of the imagination. Yet his tales also challenge dictators and discrimination. They call us to open our minds, to take responsibility for ourselves and our planet. And they remind us that the value of our possessions pales in comparison to that of the ties we share with family, friends, and community."