On February 28, 2011, Congressman Steve Rothman (D-NJ) spent an hour with the fourth grade class of the Roosevelt Elementary School in Garfield, NJ as part of the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America program. Congressman Rothman read Dr. Seuss's The Lorax to the students in their school and spoke with them about the importance and fun of reading. Now in its 14th year, Read Across America raises awareness on how vital it is to motivate children to develop the skills they will need to reach their full potential and succeed in their future endeavors.
"As a parent, I know how significant it is to get our children to enjoy reading at an early age and help them succeed in school. I always look forward to reading to the children in my district," said Congressman Rothman. "It is our collective responsibility as parents, teachers, neighbors and elected representatives to ensure that our children thrive in our public schools, and the Read Across America program is an excellent opportunity to help us reach that goal."