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"Read Across America" program encourages students to read

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Mrs. Bentley reads to k4 children at Pike Liberal Arts School Mrs. Bentley reads to k4 children at Pike Liberal Arts School
Mrs. Bentley reads to k4 children at Pike Liberal Arts School Mrs. Bentley reads to k4 children at Pike Liberal Arts School
ECLECTIC, AL (WSFA) -

Today, schools across our area will celebrate doctor Seuss' birthday as part of the "Read across America" program. It's a day dedicated to get kids excited and motivated to read.

Eclectic Elementary has some fun events lined up for today and the entire week. Right now, a book fair is underway and they're having a contest to design a new kind of hat for the cat and the hat.

This is all about getting kids excited about reading. It's shown to be an important factor in student achievement. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school and into adulthood as well.

In the past few years, Alabama has made some strides in improving our reading scores. Even so the most recent kids county study ranked Alabama 44th out of 50 states when it comes to reading proficiency among 4th graders. Events like this are crucial for kids in our state.

Most every elementary school across Alabama will have read across America events all this week. It is celebrated across the country on the birthday of the beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

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