WHAT: The San Ysidro School District is hosting a series of events in honor of Read Across America at all schools, including a day of reading with firefighters, police officers, nurses and other public safety workers at Smythe Elementary. Forty high school students from the San Diego Job Corps will also join community members to read their favorite children’s books to the elementary school students.

WHEN: 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, March 2


WHERE: Smythe Elementary School, 1880 Smythe Ave., San Ysidro

WHY: Launched in 1998 by the National Education Association, the annual Read Across America campaign celebrates the joys of reading and honors Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a week of literary activities.

District employees, governing board members, teachers and other community members are also expected to attend and read to students, who will be dressed up in their best Dr. Seuss fashion.

Parents and community members interested in reading to San Ysidro students can contact participating schools to sign up and learn more about Read Across America activities.

For day-of-event coverage, please contact Joel Tapia, (619) 454-2082 or Omar Calleros, (619) 750-9692.