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2015 Read Across America Tour Highlights

NEA and education leaders across the country will meet with members, students, and community partners to celebrate NEA's Read Across America all this week! Check out our updates from the road here, and follow the conversations on Twitter at #readacrossamerica.

NEA's Read Across America 2015 in Photos

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March 2, 2015

Read Across America Day Kick-off included opening ceremonies and reading events in Los Angeles, CA and Tulsa, OK.

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NEA Secretary-Treasurer Princess R. Moss leads the Cat in the Hat and students at Remington Elementary School in Tulsa in a "Readers Oath" as part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day. The Oklahoma elementary school received a special visit from NEA’s Cat-a-Van Reading Tour, which is designed to get kids excited about reading and provides more than $100,000 of reading inspiration to high-needs schools.

NEA Secretary-Treasurer Moss gets some Read Across love from Cat in the Hat in Tulsa

See more Read Across 2015 Tulsa Cat-A-Van highlights on Storify.

Los Angeles
Read Across America's California kick-off started at the Compton Unified School District Board Room. Kick-off Day continued with celebrations at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and Tibby Elementary School in Compton.

Cat in the Hat delivers hugs, high-fives, and the love of reading to Tibbey Elementary in Complton, CA

See more Read Across 2015 Los Angeles Kickoff highlights on Storify.

Read Across America 2015 Kickoff Day in Photos

March 3-4, 2015


NEA Executive Committee members Kevin Gilbert and Maury Koffman joined TSTA President Noel Candelaria on the Cat-A-Van Reading Tour in Dallas. The Cat-A-Van pulled up with the Cat in the Hat to Freeman Elementary, a school filled with enthusiastic readers, and decorated from here to there and everywhere! The tour continued at William A. Blair Elementary. Koffman and Gilbert added humor to their reading of "Green Eggs and Ham," which was a student favorite.

NEA's Maury Koffman and Kevin Gilbert read "Green Eggs and Ham" at Freeman Elementary

Events also included Candelaria leading the "Readers Oath," and the Cat in the Hat presenting the school libraries with a donation. The Texas schools received a special visit from NEA’s Cat-a-Van Reading Tour, which is designed to get kids excited about reading and provides more than $100,000 of reading inspiration to high-needs schools.

Scenes from the Read Across America celebrations in Dallas:

See more Read Across 2015 Dallas highlights on Storify.

Houston - Beaumont

NEA Executive Committee members George Sheridan and Greg Johnson accompanied TSTA President Noel Candelaria on the final Cat-A-Van Reading Tour stops in the Lone Star State. The tour made stops at Parkwood Elementary in Pasadena, TX, and Fehl-Price Elementary in Beaumont, TX. Johnson and Sheridan had all the students cheering "Bring out the cat!" as they lead the shows.

The Texas schools received a special visit from NEA’s Cat-a-Van Reading Tour, which is designed to get kids excited about reading and provides more than $100,000 of reading inspiration to high-needs schools.

Cat in the Hat, Thing 1, and Thing 2 kick off Read Across Texas with a selfie at Parkwood Elementary

The Read Across America Cat-A-Van pulled up to Parkwood Elementary School  in Deer Park, TX, outside of Houston and found hundres of engaged readers and a wonderful school staff who encourages them to succeed.

See more Read Across 2015 Houston Cat-A-Van highlights on Storify.

When the Cat-A-Van rolled into Beaumont, the joy of reading shone in the smiles of students of Fehl-Price Elementary!

Along the reading route from Who-ville, NEA brought books, goodies and other give-aways totaling more than $100,000to children in need.

The tour now leaves Texas and heads to Louisiana for the final two days.

See more Read Across 2015 Beaumont Cat-A-Van highlights on Storify.

March 5-6 2015

Lafayette - Baton Rouge - New Orleans

Read Across America at Lafayette's Evangeline Elementary starts off with Green Eggs & Ham -- after all, it's National School Breakfast Week, too!

Here comes the Cat-A-Van!

The NEA Cat-A-Van pulled up to Evangeline Elementary School, joined by NEA Executive Committee member Earl Wiman to bring reading fun to the students of Lafayette, LA. Evangeline's young readers got some Seussian-style inspiration today when they were paid a special visit by the National Education Association’s Cat-a-Van Reading Tour:

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Evangeline student recites the "Readers Oath"

More scenes from the Cat-A-Van visit to Evangeline Elementary:

After a morning filled with the love of reading at Evangeline ES, the Cat-A-Van cruised across town to visit J.W. Faulk Elementary!

NEA's Earl Wiman captivates young readers at J.W. Faulk Elementary

More Scenes from the Cat-A-Van visit to J.W. Faulk Elementary

See more Cat-A-Van highlights from Lafayette on Storify.

Baton Rouge - New Orleans

NEA Executive Committee Member Earl Wiman is interviwed on WBPR 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge to discuss Read Across America's Cat-A-Van tour stops at Westminister and Magnolia Woods Elementary Schools!


WBPR 107.3-FM - Baton Rouge, LA - March 5, 2015

Cat in the Hat and his friends, Thing 1 and Thing 2, joined by NEA Executive Committee member Joyce Powell, paid visits to Westminister Elementary and Magnolia Woods Elementary in Baton Rouge. These mark the final stops - along with an afternoon trek down to New Orleans - on the Cat-A-Van's week-long tour to give the gift of reading.   

The Cat-A-Van was greeted with warm welcomes on the walls of Westminster ES: 

 The walls were decorated with colorful Seussical welcomes at Westminster Elementary

There was a big reading celebration:

 Cat-in-the-Hat and NEA's Joyce Powell (seated) lead the reading celebration at Westminster ES cool is THIS? Westminster Elementary has an original 1949 copy of Bartholomew and the Oobleck:

Then, it was off to Magnolia Wooods Elementary, where Cat in the Hat and NEA Executive Committee Member Joyce Powell handed out goodies and a check to hundreds of happy students and faculty: 

 NEA Executive Committee Member Joyce Powell and Cat in the Hat get students riled up for reading! 

Cat in the Hat, flanked by Thing 1 and Thing 2, pose for a picture at Magnolia Woods ES in Baton Rouge 

See more Cat-A-Van highlights from Baton Rouge on Storify.

New Orleans is the final stop on the 2015 Cat-a-Van Reading Tour, and Oh, the places students will geaux when they open up a good book! The culmination of an amazing week-long celebration of reading took place at the Louisiana Children's Museum, featuring NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia:

NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia get some Cat in the Hat love at the Lousiana Children's Museum in New Orleans, LA

ESP guest readers, including 2014 National ESP of the Year Paula Monroe, took the stage and kept the love for reading flowing:

Lunch Lady graphic novelist Jarrett J. Krosoczka wowed kids with insight on his illustrations and read a portion of one of his books:

more scenes from Read Across 2015 at the Louisiana Children's museum in New Orleans:

See more Read Across America highlights from New Orleans on Storify.

Read Across America 2015: Tweets & Pins! 

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