Surprise guests come read with elementary school students on Dr. Seuss' birthday

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NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - Read Across America is a week-long celebration that takes place every year to encourage students to get excited about reading.

On Friday, one school in the east called in for some extra help to do just that.

This event coincides with the birthday of one of the most famous children's book authors, Dr. Seuss.

'The Lorax', 'The Cat in the Hat', "Oh the Places You'll Go' are just some of the dozens of Dr. Seuss books that students at Trent Park Elementary School were reading with a few surprise guests.

First responders, board of education members, and local community members all joined in to help encourage students to read.

The school's principal, Ashley Faulkenberry, says "Dr. Seuss just makes reading fun, he is silly in a lot of sorts and he takes some important topics and twists them so that it's engaging for all of our students, so it's fun to celebrate his birthday,"

Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school

Some of the volunteers that were at this event say they wanted to be a part of it because of how important reading is.

They say they wanted these students to understand that and realize books can transport you to places you never thought you could go.

Because Dr. Seuss has had so much influence on young readers, Read Across America Week takes place during the week leading up to his birthday every year.