Read Across America Day

Read Across America Day is a day to celebrate and foster a love of reading.

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Read Across America

In 2014, GrowSmart began to celebrate NEA’s (National Education Association) ‘Read Across America Day’ with early childhood programs. Read Across America Day is a day to celebrate and foster a love of reading for children. GrowSmart celebrates every March, as a way to kick-off National Reading Month. In that first year, 34 sites were visited by 136 guest reader volunteers and every participating classroom received a copy of a free book. Now, every child in a participating center receives their own book! As the years have passed, we have strategically grown the event to incorporate more early childhood programs. This event visits private childcare centers, every Virginia Beach Head Start, every Virginia Beach City Public School pre-k classroom, Parks & Recreation Centers with early childhood programs, Seatack Elementary’s Kindergarten, Virginia Beach Public Library’s Early Literacy Outreach sites, and more.

  • Celebrity Guest Readers, who have participated: Katie Collett of WAVY-TV10, Fox43; Megan Shinn of WVEC-13NewsNow; Joe Fu and Slightly of Z104, 94.9 The Point; JMAC and Stephanie Taylor of 97.3 The Eagle, Hot 100.5; former Mayor Will Sessoms; Police Chief Cervera.
  • The city of Virginia Beach is a proud supporter of this event, with volunteers coming from across departments, to include: City Council, Police Department, Fire Department, Parks & Recreation, Health Department, Aquarium & History Museums, Economic Development, and many more!
  • Since 2014, over 13,000 Virginia Beach children have been impacted and over 650 community volunteers!
  • Books secured through funding with the Virginia Beach GrowSmart Foundation, a 501(c)(3).

Virginia Beach READS will continue this event for the City of Virginia Beach for years to come! This event is a piece in our local Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. For more information, contact Devin Cowhey, GrowSmart Development Specialist at 757-385-6434 or

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