Claire Boone was in studio Wednesday morning to talk to WPKY about Read Across America Week.

The National Education Association created Read Across America Week 20 years ago as a way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday while also getting kids more excited about reading.

The local committee has participated for that 20 years and has been able to give free books to students at the Caldwell County Primary and Elementary schools, as well as licensed preschools and day cares in the county, ever year. The ability to give away the free books is thanks to donations from civic organizations and individuals here in the community. On average they give away between 1,100 and 1,200 books a year during Read Across America Week.

Community volunteers also give their time to go and read books, normally Dr. Seuss books, to children at the schools. Volunteers will be reading to students on Thursday and Friday. But, the committee doesn’t give out books just during Read Across America Week, they are also able to give away books as prizes during events throughout the year, like food drives at the schools. Claire said that they purchase books from Scholastic and that a $5 donation can normally buy 2 books. If anyone is interested in donating to the committee they can do so by contacting the H.O.P.E. Center at 270-365-8050, those interested can also sign up to read to students during Read Across America Week.

You can catch the full interview with Claire Boone below.