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Inspired by the National Education Association (NEA)'s Read Across America Day, on March 2, 2018, students of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools in the United States, Europe and the Pacific will join millions of their peers around the U.S. to "Read Across DoDEA".

The 21st annual NEA Read Across America Day, which celebrates Dr. Seuss' birthday and the joys of reading, expects more than 45 million readers, both young and old, to pick up a book and read. Military-connected students and their families will participate in events at DoDEA schools around the world.

It's a day for schools across DoDEA to join each other and the nation in celebrating the importance of encouraging literacy for all ages.

DoDEA schools around the world stand firmly committed to promoting reading as the catalyst for our students' future academic success, their preparation for America's jobs of the future, and their ability to compete in a global economy.

2018 DoDEA Read Across America PSA

In celebration of National Read Across America Day on March 2nd, DoDEA encourages all parents to read with their child.


Visit the NEA website for materials and a planning toolkits to help plan your celebration.


Teaching students to read is a rewarding experience for teachers. Reading opens the door to the future and provides countless possibilities for succeeding and achieving Involve your entire school community.

Consider the following ideas in your planning:

  • Don't limit your celebration to the classroom
  • If possible, explore the opportunity to partner with another school in your military or civilian community and come up with a celebration activity.
  • Have a reader's theater for older students or have older students partner with younger students to read to their buddies.
  • Ask students and parents to spend some time reading together.  Have a reading log for them to complete and students can share their family projects with the class.
  • Host a special event around a favorite book.
  • Make a global/cultural activity.  Choose books with topics or stories set in other cultures.  Make a worldwide reading list with the findings and learn about other people, places and cultures.
  • Invite a guest reader.
  • Share your celebration! Please take digital pictures of Read Across DoDEA activities and email them to us at: to be uploaded to our DoDEA website and social media sites.
  • Work closely with military community communities to make Read Across DoDEA a success in all of our schools.  Together we can help make reading part of the foundation for the future of our students and enable them to achieve their highest potential. When we work together as a community to encourage our children to read, as Dr. Seuss once said, "there's no limit to the places we can go."

Downloadable Posters

2018 RAA Day Poster

2018 Read Across America Day Poster
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