Lehigh Valley schools take part in Read Across America Day activities

 

Read Across America Day is technically Saturday, but schools across the country and right here in the Lehigh Valley took part in activities Friday to bring reading excitement to children of all ages.

Union Terrace Elementary students in Allentown loved every minute of Read Across America Day.

"Bringing volunteers to promote reading to our students, reading to the kids, teaching them life lessons is just fabulous," Union Terrace Elementary School principal David Hahn said.

Volunteers from St. Luke's Health Network read different Dr. Seuss books to the students teaching them about the importance of oral health.

"Our mouths are a gateway to our body and it's our gateway to our health," Ellen Denizaro of Lehigh Valley Health Network said.

The Cat in the Hat made an appearance at Donegan Elementary in Bethlehem, where the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley helped launch the Lehigh Valley Reads Initiative.

The local campaign is part of a nationwide effort to make sure kids learn how to read by third grade.

"If kids learn to love reading and they learn to love books then they'll love to love learning," Shanna Brad of Donegan Elementary School said.

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