ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 1, 2012) – Today, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown kicked off Read Across Maryland Month at the “Green Eggs and Ham” Breakfast at Harry Browne’s in Annapolis, where he read the story by Dr. Seuss to 62 second grade students from Eastport Elementary School. The breakfast is held each year by the Maryland State Educators Association (MSEA) begin Read Across Maryland Month.
“Maryland has the best schools in the nation because we are committed to strengthening the partnerships between educators, students and parents through innovative programs like Read Across Maryland,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “Governor O’Malley and I believe that by investing in our school system, we invest in Maryland’s progress, and we will continue to make education a priority to ensure all Maryland children have the ability to fulfill their potential.”
2012 marks the fourth year that Read Across Maryland Month has been celebrated. For the fourth year in a row, the O’Malley-Brown Administration is partnering with MSEA, the Maryland Library Association and the Maryland Association of School Librarians to encourage educators, parents and children to read 30 minutes a day for 30 days as part of a “Read 30 30” theme.
“Maryland’s public schools have been number one for four years in a row partly because of wonderful partnerships with members of the business, political, and education communities who understand that great public schools are possible with real commitment and support,” said Clara Floyd, president of MSEA. “The children were thrilled that the Lt. Governor took time out of his schedule to read to them and I’m sure it’s an experience they will never forget.”
Throughout the month of March, Governor O’Malley, Lt. Governor Brown and First Lady Katie O’Malley will join community leaders, other elected officials and educators to participate in events across the State to promote the importance of education. Beginning on Friday, March 2, and lasting through the end of the month, the State will also be collecting new children’s books for ages 3-14 years as part of a statewide book drive. Books may be donated at designated collection bins at 22 Motor Vehicle Administration locations, the State House, William Donald Schaefer Tower and the West Preston Street Complex in Baltimore.
Maryland’s public schools serve as a national model for quality public education. For the fourth year in a row, the State’s schools have been ranked number one in the nation by Education Week magazine. And according to the College Board, Maryland’s high school students again rank number one in AP success.
For more information on the Read Across Maryland program, visit www.readacrossmaryland.org.
A photo from today’s event is attached. Suggested caption: “Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown reads Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham to second graders from Eastport Elementary School in Annapolis in recognition of Read Across Maryland Month.”