SPOTSWOOD, NJ - March 2 is National Read Across America Day. The idea originated in 1997, when the National Education Association was searching for a way to designate a special day each school year to celebrate reading. March 2 was choosen becasue it is also the birthday of popular children's book author, Dr. Seuss.

Seuss if of course the writer behind the well-known childrens classics, "The Cat in the Hat," "Hop on Pop," and the holiday favorite, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

The inagural National Read Across America Day was celebrated on March 2, 1998. Schools often mark the occasion by having celebrities and sports stars come into classrooms across the fifty states to read.

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Spotswood's Appleby Elementary School has turned the March 2 celebration of the joys of reading into a week's worth of creative and fun activities for teachers and students.

The week kicked off today with "Hop on Pop with a Cop." Police officers from the Spotswood Police Department stopped by Appleby to read to students. Kids and staff also showed off pride in their school with Appleby Pride Day.

The National Read Across America Day has the Appleby School sharing stories with Miss New Jersey, Lindsey Giannini. Giannini is a junior at Rowan University where she is working on her Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is also a native of Hammonton, New Jersey. Giannini will be reading to students at Appleby School at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and she will also be reading to youngsters at the Schoenly School on Wednesday.

Appleby students will also be sporting hats on March 2 as a part of their week-long salute to the joys of reading.

Members of Spotswood's Borough Council will be stopping by to read to students on Wacky Wednesday, March 3.

Students and teachers will round out the five-day commemoration with USA Pride Day on Thursday along with dressing as their favorite reading character on Friday.

Prior to the start of this week's reading salute, teachers and students were busy decorating their classroom doors to signify their love of reading.