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Actors Join NEA President to Read Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" to NYC Elementary Students NEA's 15th Annual Read Across America Day The National Education Association (NEA) hosted a national reading kickoff event on March 2, 2012 at The New York Public Library where actors Danny DeVito and Zac Efron read Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" to 300 New York public school elementary students. The celebration marked Dr. Seuss' 108th birthday and kicked off NEA's national Read Across America Day, which will engage an estimated 45 million educators, parents, and students nationwide. The 3D-CG feature "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" arrived in theaters that day. "Every year on NEA's Read Across America Day, the imaginations of children across the country are ignited when they open up a good book," said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. 18 Summer 2012 ❘ AEA Advocate "'The Lorax' is not only entertaining to read, but it also highlights the importance of protecting our air, land and water. Our students deserve to learn in a safe, healthy environment." "Dr. Seuss not only teaches kids about taking care of our planet with 'The Lorax,' he helps them learn the fundamentals of reading through all of his books," said DeVito. "I'm so happy to be a part of Read Across America's efforts to spread these timeless messages to children throughout the country." Gleeful third graders from New York's public schools, sporting the Lorax's trademark yellow mustache, were welcomed to the event by The New York Public Library President and CEO Dr. Anthony W. Marx.

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