The Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia held the annual Read Across America event on Saturday at Middlesboro Mall.
Families from the Tri-State attended to receive free books, tips on reading with children and to celebrate the life and works of Dr. Seuss.
“Hosting these kinds of events will always take a tremendous amount of planning and effort, but it continues to showcase the programs and initiatives of the Reading Foundation as well as provide hundreds of children from all over our area with free materials, books and important information to parents,” said CRFA Co-Director Debbie Knuckles.
Volunteers and vendors helped organize and support the event.
Children had the opportunity to jump in inflatables, listen to local singing talent, sample Seuss’ famous green eggs and ham and hear volunteers read stories.
Famous children’s book characters attending included the Cat in the Hat, Zippy the Zebra and the Grinch.
“Our children are depending on us to refocus our efforts in giving them what they need to succeed and that means changes in our schools, homes and community events,” said Knuckles.
The CRFA encourages parents to read with their children for 20 minutes a day to promote reading skills and language development.
Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.