Colts Visit Local Schools to Celebrate Read Across America Day
INDIANAPOLIS - Sunday was the birthday of Theodore Seuss Geisell, also known as Dr. Seuss. Monday was Read Across America Day.
On Monday, the Colts celebrated with visits to two local Indianapolis schools.
The first stop of the day for Colts Mascot Blue and wide receiver Roy Hall was Julian D. Coleman Middle School. The students waited anxiously for the guests, erupting into applause when the pair entered the gymnasium.
Hall read "Horton Hatches an Egg" by Dr. Seuss aloud as Blue helped pantomime the action of the story.
"Read Across America is really in recognition of Dr. Seuss," Coleman Principal Debra Barlowe said. "It's really for urban children, to involve them and help them understand that reading is paramount."
Students and teachers alike enjoyed the performance, laughing and clapping throughout. Afterwards, each class was given the opportunity to sit on the bleachers with Blue and Hall for a photo.
"When athletes are involved, it shows how important reading is," Barlowe added. "I'm glad the Colts took the time to come to our school.
"It's nice to have someone in the sports arena be involved in Read Across America."
Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program created by the National Education Association. It takes place every year on or around Dr. Seuss' birthday.
Throughout the country activities are planned by teachers, parents, and many others participate as the Colts did Monday to bring excitement and fun to reading.