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DNR Leaders Read Across Annapolis

Secretary Joe Gill reads Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go! to 3rd graders at Germantown Elementary.

Classroom visits celebrate Read Across Maryland Month

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joe Gill and Deputy Secretary Frank Dawson each visited Annapolis area elementary school classrooms this week to read long-cherished books to students. The DNR officials lent a hand to local educators and encouraged children to read as part of Governor O’Malley’s Read Across Maryland initiative.

Secretary Gill visited a second grade class at Germantown Elementary on Thursday, March 27 and Deputy Secretary Dawson visited Kindergartners at Eastport Elementary on Friday, March 28. Classes were treated to enthusiastic readings of several books including Priscilla Cummings’ Chadwick the Crab, Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are and Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Click here for more photos.

“Reading stories to children is more than just educational,” said Secretary Gill. “It’s an experience that sparks their imagination and inspires their dreams. They are learning about the world with eager eyes and developing the principles that will guide them for the rest of their lives.”

Kindergartners at Eastport Elementary enjoy Dr. Suess’ rhymes as Deputy Secretary Frank Dawson reads them A Cat in the Hat!

Kindergartners at Eastport Elementary enjoy Dr. Suess’ rhymes as Deputy Secretary Frank Dawson reads them The Cat in the Hat!

“These young people will soon become tomorrow’s stewards and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to share with them my own passion for our natural world,” said Deputy Secretary Dawson.

The Read Across Maryland initiative began in 2009 as a partnership with the Maryland State Education Association. Since the program’s inception, Maryland’s public school students have enjoyed readings by community leaders, elected officials, published authors and educators throughout the month of March. It borrows from the fine traditions set in motion by the National Education Association’s Read Across America campaign, celebrated annually on March 2 in honor of the birthday of Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. Learn more at

Maryland has had the number one ranked public schools for five years in a row, according to Education Week Magazine, and continues to serve as a national model for quality public education. Maryland was also the first state in the nation to adopt environmental literacy graduation requirements, ensuring that future generations have access to effective outdoor learning that enables them to become informed and responsible stewards.