TUCSON, Ariz. — Read Across America is a national campaign that encourages students to read. It was created to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and his love for reading.
Here in southern Arizona, students and teachers are taking it a step forward and letting their love for learning do the talking.
“We’re celebrating what we love about public education and what we love about our district,” said Kristen Bury liaison for the Community Council of TUSD.
For the second straight year members of the Community Council for TUSD came together to march in support of education and bringing awareness about the importance of literacy.
“We’re lacking a lot of funding and celebration of our students and support for education in a lot of ways,” explained Bury.
For organizers the goal is to focus on the positive values within the educational system in Tucson, in hopes of providing more opportunities for today’s youth to succeed.
“Whether it’s teachers pay, building and capitol funding, whether it’s legislative in our youth involvement,” Bury said. She adds, “Youth leadership was really at the core.”
After the district wrapped up a love of reading month in February, elected Pima County School Superintendent Dustin Williams says the march is the perfect way to keep the momentum of learning going forward and hopes community members will only get more involved.
“The most important thing you can do is go to the schools, see what’s going on and volunteer to read, help with supplies, just put the boots on the ground and get involved in the schools,” Williams said.