Parents, policemen and politicians will visit Iowa schools today as guest readers. John Hieronymus , president of the Iowa State Education Association, says this is Read Across America Day. He says the goal is to get more kids to read.This is the sixth year for the event which is designed to inspire children, and adults, to pick up books and escape into the world of reading. Hieronymus says the I-S-E-A has left it up to the hundreds of Iowa schools to organize their own celebrity-guest reading events. He says they get all kinds of local people, from firefighters to parents to read to kids.Hieronymus says he went to a Des Moines-area elementary school last Friday to read out loud to students. The national event was started to honor the birthday of the late children’s author Theodore Geisel, better known as Doctor Seuss, who would have turned 99 yesterday (Sunday).
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