Washington, DC — As more than 35 million Americans celebrate the joy of reading on March 1st and 2nd, Congressman Adam Smith will visit a classroom at Alpac Elementary School in Pacific, WA to read to the children.  The occasion is the National Education Association's (NEA) fifth annual literacy celebration, Read Across America, which coincides each year with the birthday of the late Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel).

“Promoting education is one of my top priorities,” Smith said. “Most education experts agree that reading aloud to children is imperative to their success.  It's also a great activity for parents, because they are spending time with their kids and helping them to build their knowledge.”

NEA's Read Across America was created by a small group of teachers and NEA staff in 1998 to honor reading and to celebrate the fun of the late great Dr. Seuss on his birthday, March 2.  Since the good doctor's 98th birthday falls on a Saturday in 2002, the official Read Across America celebration is being held on March 1. 

When:        March 1, 2002
                 11 a.m.

Where:      Alpac Elementary School
                 310 Milwaukee Blvd. North
                 Pacific, WA  98047

Contact:    Barbara Hegedorn, 253-931-4976.