GURNEE – More than 50 volunteers participated in a countywide volunteer effort to read to more than 1,000 preschool through third-grade students in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday March 2.
United Way of Lake County hosted volunteers at Glen Flora Elementary in Waukegan, Green Bay Early Childhood Center in North Chicago and Pleviak Elementary in Lake Villa.
During the opening remarks, United Way program staff shared the importance of early childhood literacy and the impact of celebrating reading holidays such as Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
Prioritizing reading makes a huge difference in every child’s life both inside and outside the classroom,” said Sue Baehr, United Way of Lake County’s Reading Success program manager. “For young children to experience volunteers visiting their classroom for Dr. Seuss’ birthday and enthusiastically share their love of reading with them is really impactful. The impression the students are left with will help open their minds to what reading will allow them to do: imagine, explore, learn and solve problems.”
Volunteers read Dr. Seuss books to classrooms, as well as shared about their careers and the importance of reading.
Volunteers included professionals from Abbott, AbbVie, Trustmark Companies and many other Lake County companies.