With a message of “Read! Read! Read!,” and a beloved Dr. Seuss character, NEA’s “Read Across America Tour- Driven by Mazda” is making stops at priority schools in California and Nevada. The Lorax-adorned vehicles on the tour bring books and cash donations to public school libraries—with each priority school receiving a $1,500 grant for its library.
NEA’s “Read Across America Tour – Driven by Mazda” will focus on sharing the story of Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” with students and raise awareness for public schools in need. In addition, for every customer who test drives a Mazda between February 21 and April 2, 2012 the company will make a $25 donation to public school libraries—up $1 million. Administered by the NEA Foundation, this donation will provide vital funds to help the nation’s struggling public school libraries.
Several of NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign intensive support sites will be visited by The Lorax. Schools in California include Roosevelt Elementary School in Stockton, Burbank Elementary School in Hayward and Davidson Elementary School in San Bernardino. In Nevada, the tour will stop at Kit Carson Elementary Schools in Las Vegas.
During the tour stop at Burbank Elementary School in Hayward, California, students brought some of the Lorax’s lessons to life by reading on iPads, creating Truffula Trees and participating in other eco-friendly activities during the special read-in. Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney also was on hand “to read to the trees,” the signature call of Dr. Seuss’s famous, fuzzy featured character.