Governor Deval Patrick to read to children

On March 2, millions of children and adults across the nation will read together as part of Read Across America Day.

Students across Massachusetts will join millions of their peers across the country to celebrate the ninth annual National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America Day on March 2, the birthday of Springfield native and beloved children's author Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel).

"Reading opens the doors to achievement, and the events of today — whether large or small — and are crucial building blocks toward making the joys of reading an integral part of every child's life," said MTA President Anne Wass.

The goal of Read across America is to show America's children the joy of reading-on March 2 and every day.  For more information NEA's Read Across America, visit and learn of other reading celebrations that are happening from coast to coast.

"Reading is the foundation upon which all other learning is built," said Wass. You have to read to learn so it's important to get the message out that reading is important and fun."