McGuire Nuclear Station employees recently traded in their hard hats for something tall, red and white as part of “Read Across America Day.”
For nearly 10 years, McGuire Nuclear Station employees have supported the National Education Association’s day of reading by sharing their favorite Dr. Seuss and Dr. Seuss-inspired books with local students. Since the volunteer program began at McGuire, employees have visited more than 10 local schools, reaching out to thousands of young children.
McGuire employees participate in “Read Across America” to instill a love of reading in young people. In the past, nuclear employees from Oconee Nuclear Station in Seneca, SC have swapped their hard hats to spend a morning reading to area students too.
“This is such a fun event,” said long-time volunteer Regina Mitchell. “Read Across America is such a great way to promote reading. It brings people from the community into classrooms so the kids can see that reading is important for everyone.” Whether it’s reading “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” or “The Cat in the Hat, volunteers enjoy this event as much as the children do because it takes them back to their childhood, remembering when they heard these stories for the very first time.
Read Across America is the nation’s largest annual reading motivation and awareness program, encouraging children of all ages to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. This is just one way McGuire Nuclear Station employees make a positive impact in the communities where they live and work.