United Way of the Coastal Bend’s Success By 6 initiative and 52 local volunteer readers celebrated the 4th annual Dr. Seuss Day on Friday, March 1st by reading to more than 900 children in local schools and childcare development centers.
Celebrated every year around his birthday, March 2nd, Dr. Seuss Day is a fun way to promote early childhood education and raise awareness about how important it is to read to children every day, even in infancy. The enthusiasm shown by volunteer readers models the joy of reading for participating children as they spend an hour of their morning listening to the author’s beloved stories.
“The more experiences children have with books, oral storytelling, and fun language activities like Dr. Seuss Reading Day, the more we expand their interest and build life-long learners,” said Sherry Peterson, Success By 6 Director at United Way of the Coastal Bend.
Reading is seen by the Success By 6 Initiative as the key to preparing children for success in a changing world – providing them with better cognitive ability, communication skills, memory, concentration and the general academic aptitude necessary for accomplishments in school, college, career and life.
“Reading to the children during Dr. Seuss Day is so much fun,” said Judith Talavera, President & COO of AEP Texas. “To see their little faces light up with joy as they listen to the fun stories that Dr. Seuss created, serves as a reminder of the many benefits of reading to children. It opens up another world to them and it’s wonderful to witness that happening.”
The 52 volunteer readers came from 18 area businesses and organizations, including AEP Texas, Port Corpus Christi, NuStar, the Corpus Christi Fire Department, CITGO, Kleberg Bank, Turner Industries, Chemours, Frost Bank, NavyArmy Community Credit Union, Valero, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Texas Bridge Community Credit Union, 1st Community Bank, Corpus Christi Public Libraries, IBC Bank, Driscoll Health Plan and HOLT CAT