by Tim Reed/photo above by Staci Maiers/photo below by Jason Kempin
With budget cuts hitting schools across the country and student services being slashed, every bit of money can make a huge difference to a library in need. That is why Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has teamed up with Universal Studios, NEA’s Read Across America, and the NEA Foundation to benefit public school libraries nationwide.
Mazda has pledged up to $1 million in support of the nation’s public school libraries through a unique test drive program. For each test drive of a Mazda vehicle before April 2, Mazda will donate $25 toward public school libraries nationwide. This donation will provide vital funds to help the nation’s struggling public school libraries. Just fill out the form on Mazda’s Read Across America page and you’ll be on your way to helping a public school library in need.
NEA was also on hand at the kick off of the Read Across America tour at New York Public Library where Danny Devito and Zac Efron, stars of the new Lorax movie, took time out of their busy schedules to read to 300 school children and show their support for public schools. NEAToday was there to cover the event:
The National Education Association, on March 2, hosted a national reading kickoff event 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.
“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. “‘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.” DeVito and Efron, along with Ed Helms, Taylor Swift and Betty White lend their vocal talents to Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s animated adventure Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and are all co-chairs of this year’s Read Across America celebration, a first for the NEA program.
“As a kid, I remember thinking, ‘What would it be like to go on this big adventure and learn what the Once-ler knows?’ Now here I am, two decades later, voicing Ted in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” said Efron. “It’s an honor to not only be a part of this movie, but to work with the National Education Association’s Read Across America to inspire the love of reading in millions of kids.”