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Read Across America
March 2002

Kids from all over New Jersey and the rest of the country celebrated March 1, 2002, by reading a book. In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, the National Education Association held its fifth annual Read Across America day.

In honor of this special day, Governor James E. McGreevey and his wife Dina Matos McGreevey read to kids at Robert Morris School in South Bound Brook. Members of the governor's cabinet and staff read at other schools throughout the state.

Some NJ schools honored their town's firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical workers by inviting them to participate as special guest readers at their schools' Read Across America event. Many professional athletes and celebrities took part in the festivities as well. Football players Tiki Barber of the New York Giants and Steve Martin of the New York Jets as well as CBS Sports commentator Bonnie Bernstein read to kids in West New York. Players from the New York/New Jersey MetroStars soccer team read to kids in Clifton. Check out some other New Jersey schools' celebrations.

Country singer Garth Brooks led the national celebration at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. First Lady Laura Bush was invited to read as well. Many schools around the country had breakfasts of green eggs and ham or birthday parties for Dr. Seuss.

While Read Across America day is over for this year, any day is a good day to read. Need help finding a good book to read? Check out this list of the Top 100 books chosen by kids.

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