Rep. Petit Promotes Literacy Through National Reading Event

Posted on March 14, 2019 by jpheasant


PLAINVILLE – In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and the 22nd annual Read Across America Day, State Representative William A. Petit Jr. (R-22) joined in the nationwide celebration by reading to students from Linden Street School in Plainville and DiLoreto Magnet School in New Britain.

As part of the annual event, Rep. Petit bought copies of ‘Can I Be Your Dog‘ and once read, donated them to the 1st grade classrooms at both schools.

“Exposing children to any and all types of books at an early age will expose them to new and undiscovered adventures. It fosters and develops their imaginations all while laying the foundation for future successes,” Rep. Petit said.

The aim of the ‘Read Across America’ program is to raise literary awareness by motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources. The event also coincides with National Reading Month and is held on children’s author Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

“As Dr. Seuss stated, the more that you read, the more things you will know. The more things you learn, the more places you’ll go. I completely agree with Dr. Seuss, as books allow you to travel the world and see and learn about new things and places you might not have experienced otherwise,” Rep. Petit said.

According to their website, The National Education Association seeks to build a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. The event involves more than 3.2 million teachers, librarians, athletes, celebrities, politicians, business professionals and everyday people reading to students all across the country.

For more information about this great event please visit