Sylvan encourages every child to read

Sylvan Learning is launching a pledge drive to encourage local students and parents to read on March 2, designated as NEA's Read Across America.

Through Sylvan's pledge program, children, families and teachers are standing up for the importance of reading, as well as celebrating the 12th anniversary of NEA's Read Across America, the nation's largest reading celebration.

People of all ages are encouraged to visit www.SylvanLearning.com/ReadAcrossAmerica and pledge to read a story or a book on March 2. There are two pledges, one for children promising to read, and another for parents and educators vowing to encourage their children or students to pursue literary efforts.

"Reading is one of life's most important pleasures, as well as a vital part of education," said Richard E. Bavaria, senior vice president of education outreach for Sylvan Learning. "By pledging to pick up a book, children are taking the first step toward a lifelong love of reading, success and learning. This simple pledge makes their commitment to reading real, and increases the likelihood that the child will read a book on March 2nd."

Participating Sylvan Learning centers will celebrate by hosting free "Sylvan Celebrates Successful Readers" events, including those in Conyers, Covington, Snellville and Stockbridge.

"Every effort to keep children reading and learning - even after the last school bell rings - will help cultivate good habits that produce academic success," said National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel. "Sylvan Learning's pledge drive will help enhance NEA's Read Across America and is a great way to make reading a family affair."

For more information on "Sylvan Celebrates Successful Readers" literacy events, visit www.SylvanLearning.com/ReadAcrossAmerica. To learn more about NEA's Read Across America and participating partner organizations, visit www.NEA.org/ReadAcross.