Literacy advocates celebrate Read Across America Day

Staff Reports Posted 2 March 2016 at 12:00 am

Provided photos, OCALS

HOLLEY – Jean Mullins is dressed as The Cat in the Hat this morning when the Orleans County Adult Learning Services (OCALS) celebrated Read Across America Day at Grace’s Place Agri-Business Child Development Daycare in Holley.

OCALS members dressed in costume and read books by Dr. Seuss. Today is the birthday of Dr. Seuss, the late Theodor Seuss Geisel, who was born March 2, 1904 and lived until Sept. 24, 1991.

OCALS read books, shared handouts, and cupcakes and juice boxes donated from Wegmans. Many of the volunteers are in OCALS’s Grandma/Grandpa reading program.

Jean Mullins and Gail Christ read to one of the children at ABCD Daycare.

OCALS tutors some of the ABCD students. OCALS currently has nine tutors in its family program. IT has been serving at ABCD the past five years, working with 12-16 students.

Some OCALS tutors also assist at an ABCD site in Newfane, and this year OCALS started a pilot program at Albion School District where tutors support their former ABCD students as they transition to kindergarten.

Many local schools and libraries also had events today in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.