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‘Read Across America’ to be celebrated at Jamestown Settlement The Virginia Education Association and Jamestown Settlement are getting together on March 2 to commemorate some important anniversaries: The 400th anniversary of the first permanent English settlement in North America is the focus of the VEA’s annual Read Across America event, which is marking its 10th anniversary in 2007.


Approximately 60 students from Williamsburg’s Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School are coming to Jamestown Settlement history museum this Friday to mark these two special occasions. They’ll be treated to a Settlement tour and enjoy being read to by a Jamestown Settlement historical interpreter and VEA President Princess Moss, then feast on cake to mark the birthdays of both the late children’s author Dr. Seuss and the 50th birthday of The Cat in the Hat, who will make an appearance.


To emphasize the importance of reading and to promote the value of reading to young people, the National Education Association launched Read Across America in 1998. March 2 was chosen to honor Dr. Seuss. This year, the VEA and Jamestown 2007 have agreed to encourage students to learn more about our country’s first permanent English settlement during Read Across America. The VEA is providing more than 1.5 million commemorative Jamestown bookmarks for educators to use with their students to highlight the significance of the 1607 founding of Jamestown.


(All across Virginia, children and adults will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Read Across America, along with the 400th anniversary of Jamestown,” said Princess Moss, VEA president. “We invite parents and all others to join us in encouraging children to read. We need to show children that reading is fun and that it is important.” Read Across America has been celebrated in a big way across Virginia for the past nine years. Events have included sailors reading to students onboard Norfolk-based U.S. Navy ships while wearing the signature stovepipe red and white hats, Virginia Military Institute cadets donning the Cat in the Hat headgear to march in review and read to students, television spots featuring Virginia Tech football players promoting reading, proclamations from the General Assembly in Richmond, and hundreds of reading events in classrooms, libraries, shopping malls and community centers across the state. Events at Jamestown Settlement begin at 12:30 p.m.

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