Montclaire celebrates reading

Montclaire Elementary students celebrated Read Across America Day March 2 with the help of the Charlotte Knights staff and their mascot, Homer the Dragon.

Homer visited classes to stir excitement and encourage students to read. He took photos with students, along with giving high-fives and hugs. Knights staff members read books to each class, with some in both English and Spanish.

"Read Across America provides another opportunity to bring the community into our 3.2.18.Read Across America.Montclaire_inside pic.jpgschool," said Assistant Principal Kathryn Pedrotty. "Our students work hard to not only build their reading skills in English, but also in Spanish. Homer's visit provides a wonderful reminder that reading is important and also teaches them about experiences outside of the school."

The National Education Association started Read Across America in 1998 to encourage reading for student achievement and create lifelong, successful readers. The nationwide event is held annually on the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss.