PLAINFIELD, NJ — Superintendent of Plainfield Public Schools Dr. Diana Mitchell and Board of Education President Cameron E. Cox welcomed over 100 readers on Monday to schools in the district to read to students in grades K-8 to celebrate Read Across America Day.

Readers included Board of Ed members Carmencita T. Pile, Cox, and Richard Wyatt, elected officials including Councilwoman Ashley Davis, staff members and members of the Plainfield, Fanwood, and Scotch Plains communities who volunteered to read aloud to the students.  

Students enrolled in the AVID Program at Plainfield High School, a college preparatory program, and those at Maxson Middle School, also served as readers to preschoolers at BUFF and Hopes daycare centers.

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The students in grades K-8 listened to stories read by the visitors, including many of the famous Dr. Seuss books such as Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, One Fish, Two Fish, and Hop on Pop. Dr. Mitchell read the book, Rapunzel, by Rachel Isadora.

Read Across America Day is an effort by the National Education Association to get children excited about reading. The celebration has been held yearly since 1998. The day also celebrated Dr. Seuss birthday.