Philanthropy Friday: Dr. Seuss Version

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“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”  ~ Dr. Seuss

Today would have been Dr. Seuss’s 108th birthday, if he were still alive. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield, Massachusetts to German immigrant parents and published 46 children’s books before his death in 1991.

To celebrate his amazing works of literature – I mean, who didn’t grow up reading and loving the imaginative and fun Dr. Seuss books – it’s also Read Across America Day.

The day is meant to be a celebration of reading. A day where we make green eggs and ham and encourage our kids to pick up a book. There are lots of fun things you can do on this day. The most important thing is to read with your kids and make a point to do it every night.

Research shows that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school. Encouraging a child to read is a simple, powerful way to give.

Go ahead and take the Readers Oath, written by Debra Angstead of Missouri-NEA:

I promise to read
Each day and each night.
I know it’s the key
To growing up right.

I’ll read to myself,
I’ll read to a crowd.
It makes no difference
If silent or loud.

I’ll read at my desk,
At home and at school,
On my bean bag or bed,
By the fire or pool.

Each book that I read
Puts smarts in my head,
‘Cause brains grow more thoughts
The more they are fed.

So I take this oath
To make reading my way
Of feeding my brain
What it needs every day.

And remember:

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” ~ Dr. Seuss

 

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