“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!”
That famous quote by Dr. Seuss was among many that were read to D.C. youth on National Read Across America Day earlier this month. Several members of the District of Columbia Housing Authority’s Office of Public Safety helped celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with the annual program, which is led by the National Education Association.
The officers went to elementary schools located near DCHA communities to read to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes.
“The children and faculty fully enjoyed the events and were extremely appreciative of the participation by DCHA,” said Chief Joel Maupin. “I must say that each participating member of OPS also enjoyed being part of this program and their interactions with the children and school staff members.”
Maupin read to students of Friendship Chamberlain Campus, near Potomac Gardens and Hopkins Apartments. In addition to his Dr. Seuss selection, the chief also read from the “Don’t Play with Guns” coloring book.
“Each student was rewarded with a coloring book of their own for being such good listeners,” he said.
Deputy Chief Michael Reese read to students at Achievement Prep near Highland Dwellings and Additions. Lieutenant Julia Myers and Sergeant Paul Sinclair read at Savoy Elementary School near Barry Farm. And Senior Police Officer Wanda Robinson and Sergeant Jamie Anderson read to children at Aiton Elementary School, near Lincoln Heights and Richardson Dwellings.