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BUFORD -- Students at Harmony Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday Tuesday by eating green eggs and ham and listening to stories read by high schoolers.
More than 45 million people across the country participated Tuesday in the 13th annual Read Across America Day, a campaign sponsored by the National Education Association designed to get children excited about reading.
Several Gwinnett County schools, as well as the Gwinnett County Public Library, organized events to celebrate the annual event.
"We're reading lots of books today," Harmony Elementary second-grader Tyler Tidwell said. "Reading is my favorite subject."
The Mill Creek cluster elementary school has planned several activities throughout the week to get students excited about reading. Students and staff will dress up as book characters on Thursday, and children signed a pledge to watch no TV that day.
"We feel that reading is so important that we celebrate all week," said Marie Kennedy, the school's media specialist. "There's nothing more important than reading. To be a successful adult, you have to know how to read."
Kaleigh Thomas, a senior at Mill Creek, read Dr. Seuss' "Hunches in Bunches" to a second-grade class.
"I thought I would share my love of reading to just brighten their day," she said.
Read Across America is a year-round literacy campaign designed to motivate children to read by making it fun.
"Every year on Read Across America Day, the imaginations of children across the country are ignited when they open up a good book," National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel said. "NEA's Read Across America program provides tools, resources and tips for parents and educators that make reading a fun and enjoyable experience so kids will keep turning pages."
For information about reading tips, book lists and more, visit www.nea.org/readacross.