ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Some WALB News 10 team members joined other community members to make special visits to schools across Dougherty County Thursday.
March 2 is Read Across America Day, which is also the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
WALB News 10's Emileigh Forrester visited Live Oak Elementary, where she read to a first grade class.
Live Oak teacher Cassandra Davis said it provides a chance to remind kids what literacy means for them and their futures.
"Our students are able to see the connection with the community, and understand that the community is very much involved in their education and to see that it's not just parents, but it's everyone's responsibility," said Davis.
Teachers challenged their students to read as many books as they could throughout the day and this week to promote language and literacy.
WALB's Melissa Hodges read to students at Radium Springs Elementary, many of whom live in the neighborhoods heavily impacted by the January 22nd tornado.
Dougherty County's Sheriff Kevin Sproul, dressed in his Dr. Suess hat, and says he looks forward to this day every year.
"These are good days. I enjoy days like this. There are a lot of hard and tough days as a sheriff, and these are the fun days and I try to do as many of these as I can," said Sproul.
This is the 20th anniversary of Read Across America, a program instituted by the National Education Association to encourage a love of reading in children.