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Birmingham City Councilors Emphasize the Importance of Reading During Dr. Seuss Week

Dr. SeussBirmingham City Councilor Valerie Abbott along with council colleagues Marcus Lundy, Steven Hoyt and Lashunda Scales put on their Dr. Seuss hats this week and read to excited students at various elementary schools in the City of Birmingham for Dr. Seuss week.Noted as one of the most anticipated weeks to millions of smiling faces across the country, read Across America Day celebrated the 112th Birthday of Dr. Theodor Geisel known to most readers as Dr. Seuss. The National Education Association’s Read Across America Day is the nation’s largest reading event, occurring each year on or near Dr. Seuss’ birthday by celebrating with read-aloud, read-along, and reading marathon activities.

These reading activities piggyback off the sentiments expressed by Birmingham Board of Education School Superintendent Dr. Kelley Castlin-Gacutan during a press conference held earlier this week. During the press conference she spoke on the changes that are being made to the district’s teaching and learning practices along with the action steps that are being put into to place to reach the Board of Education’s strategic goals.

Councilor Valerie Abbott, who also chairs the Education Committee, believes that more programs like Dr. Seuss week are needed in order for the Birmingham City School system to fulfill its objectives in the schools.

“Our school system can always reap tremendous benefits when they invite the community to participate in classroom projects,” said Councilor Abbott. “Our children need to know that they have the support of their parents, teachers, and those in the community, and it was an absolute pleasure to take part in activity that shows them just how many people are rooting for their success.”

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry ( in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.