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Conyers Rotary members take part in Read Across America

Conyers attorney and Rotary Club member Albert Myers reads a Dr. Seuss book to students at Flat Shoals Elementary School Monday as part of the National Education Association’s 17th Annual Read Across America Day. The Conyers Rotary Club “adopted” the school last year and takes part in a number of activities with students throughout the year. (Special Photo)

Conyers attorney and Rotary Club member Albert Myers reads a Dr. Seuss book to students at Flat Shoals Elementary School Monday as part of the National Education Association’s 17th Annual Read Across America Day. The Conyers Rotary Club “adopted” the school last year and takes part in a number of activities with students throughout the year. (Special Photo)

CONYERS — To raise awareness about literacy and commemorate the birthday of Dr. Seuss, Rotary Club of Conyers members read to students at Flat Shoals Elementary School as part of the National Education Association’s 17th Annual Read Across America Day on Monday.

“In 2013, nearly 45 million children and adults celebrated NEA’s Read Across America,” said Rotary Club President Neal Stanford. “By taking part in the 2014 celebration, our club will be a part of bringing an entire nation of readers together under one (Cat in the Hat) hat on Dr. Seuss’s birthday.”

Club Literacy chair Thua G. Barlay said club members enjoy sharing the benefits of reading with students.

“We ‘adopted’ Flat Shoals Elementary last year and reading to the students is one of many rewarding activities we do with the school,” Barlay said.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, since 1993 only 53 to 58 percent of children ages 3 to 5 had an adult read to them on a daily basis.

The Rotary Club of Conyers is part of Rotary International, a global humanitarian organization with more than 1.2 million members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. The Rotary Club of Conyers has more than 45 years of doing work within the Conyers-Rockdale community. Its members are men and women who are business, professional and community leaders with a shared commitment to make the world a better place through humanitarian service. For more information on the club, visit their web site at www.clubrunner.ca/conyers.