Read Across America Day, 2015, 11855-11856 [2015-04518]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 42 / Wednesday, March 4, 2015 / Presidential Documents 11855 Presidential Documents Proclamation 9240 of February 27, 2015 Read Across America Day, 2015 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation As a Nation, one of our greatest responsibilities is to ensure every American child can experience the transformative power of reading. Literacy is the gateway to all other learning, and it is the most basic building block of opportunity in an economy increasingly built on knowledge and innovation. On Read Across America Day, we celebrate the ways literacy has enhanced our lives and recommit to empowering every student with a strong start and a passion for reading. The written word provides a window to a larger world. From prose and poetry, we learn our earliest lessons about tolerance and empathy, and on the pages of great books, children can see for the first time that their potential is limited only by the size of their dreams and the power of their imaginations. Literature captures moral dilemmas that persist across generations, chronicles our greatest achievements as a people, and reminds us of painful chapters in our past so we do not repeat our mistakes. In powerful tales and in the voices of complex characters, we learn eternal truths that illuminate the spirit of America and the intimacy of the human condition. Brilliant writers enable us to stand in someone else’s shoes and identify with their hopes and struggles—even if they do not look like us or share our beliefs. They transport us to distant times and faraway lands, and today we honor a storyteller who brought these new worlds into classrooms and bedrooms all around the globe. The works of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to us as Dr. Seuss, have sparked a love for reading in generations of students. His whimsical wordplay and curious characters inspire children to dream big and remind readers of all ages that ‘‘a person’s a person no matter how small.’’ mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with D5 Reading is the means by which we discover new ideas and unlock the potential of tomorrow’s leaders. As we recognize the importance of literacy, let us resolve to play a part in developing the next generation of readers and writers. As mentors, friends, and caring adults, we can raise our voices to support the resources our students need in classrooms and libraries, and take time to engage young people in this critical endeavor. Together, we can enrich our souls, strengthen our society, and give every child a chance to succeed. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2, 2015, as Read Across America Day. I call upon children, families, educators, librarians, public officials, and all the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:55 Mar 03, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\04MRD5.SGM 04MRD5 11856 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 42 / Wednesday, March 4, 2015 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth. [FR Doc. 2015–04518 Filed 3–3–15; 11:15 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:55 Mar 03, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\04MRD5.SGM 04MRD5 OB#1.EPS</GPH> mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with D5 Billing code 3295–F5

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 42 (Wednesday, March 4, 2015)]
[Presidential Documents]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-04518]




                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 42 / Wednesday, March 4, 2015 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 9240 of February 27, 2015

                
Read Across America Day, 2015

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                As a Nation, one of our greatest responsibilities is to 
                ensure every American child can experience the 
                transformative power of reading. Literacy is the 
                gateway to all other learning, and it is the most basic 
                building block of opportunity in an economy 
                increasingly built on knowledge and innovation. On Read 
                Across America Day, we celebrate the ways literacy has 
                enhanced our lives and recommit to empowering every 
                student with a strong start and a passion for reading.

                The written word provides a window to a larger world. 
                From prose and poetry, we learn our earliest lessons 
                about tolerance and empathy, and on the pages of great 
                books, children can see for the first time that their 
                potential is limited only by the size of their dreams 
                and the power of their imaginations. Literature 
                captures moral dilemmas that persist across 
                generations, chronicles our greatest achievements as a 
                people, and reminds us of painful chapters in our past 
                so we do not repeat our mistakes. In powerful tales and 
                in the voices of complex characters, we learn eternal 
                truths that illuminate the spirit of America and the 
                intimacy of the human condition.

                Brilliant writers enable us to stand in someone else's 
                shoes and identify with their hopes and struggles--even 
                if they do not look like us or share our beliefs. They 
                transport us to distant times and faraway lands, and 
                today we honor a storyteller who brought these new 
                worlds into classrooms and bedrooms all around the 
                globe. The works of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known 
                to us as Dr. Seuss, have sparked a love for reading in 
                generations of students. His whimsical wordplay and 
                curious characters inspire children to dream big and 
                remind readers of all ages that ``a person's a person 
                no matter how small.''

                Reading is the means by which we discover new ideas and 
                unlock the potential of tomorrow's leaders. As we 
                recognize the importance of literacy, let us resolve to 
                play a part in developing the next generation of 
                readers and writers. As mentors, friends, and caring 
                adults, we can raise our voices to support the 
                resources our students need in classrooms and 
                libraries, and take time to engage young people in this 
                critical endeavor. Together, we can enrich our souls, 
                strengthen our society, and give every child a chance 
                to succeed.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim March 2, 2015, as 
                Read Across America Day. I call upon children, 
                families, educators, librarians, public officials, and 
                all the people of the United States to observe this day 
                with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                twenty-seventh day of February, in the year of our Lord 
                two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the 
                United States of America the two hundred and thirty-
                ninth.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 2015-04518
Filed 3-3-15; 11:15 am]
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