LIVINGSTON, NJ — In recognition of March as National Reading Month, Livingston Public Schools (LPS) elementary schools joined schools across the country earlier to celebrate "Read Across America," an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading.

National Reading Month kicks off each year on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. In Livingston, teachers and media specialists helped make special reading events come alive through costumes, guest readers, fun projects, and designated reading times.

At a recent LPS Parent Academy on Homework, assistant superintendent Lisa Steiger stressed the importance of reading with and to children, so that it does not become homework, but rather "a habit of mind." In keeping with this sentiment, the district's Read Across America celebrations enforced reading as a positive and enjoyable experience for all.

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Exciting events such as the following were held at all six schools to promote reading:

At Collins, classroom doors were decorated for a “Dr. Seuss Door” contest.

Activities at Burnet Hill included a Dr. Seuss photo booth complete with Seuss-themed props.

Students at Mt. Pleasant celebrated with a special pajama day, plus a surprise visit from the “Cat in the Hat,” who greeted children as they entered the school.

As part of Hillside’s celebration, the school welcomed guest readers that included LPS administrators and community leaders.

At Riker Hill, festivities included “Cat in the Hat”-themed projects and students wearing the Cat’s signature hat.

In keeping with the hat theme, Harrison students participated in a school-wide hat decorating assignment where each student created a hat based on his or her favorite book. Classes were paired up and students read to each other, discussed their books, and talked about the festive hats they created.

All photos were provided by Livingston Public Schools.