SOURCE: Huntington Learning Center

February 28, 2011 17:10 ET

Huntington Learning Center Celebrates Read Across America Day

Tutoring Center Joins in Annual Awareness Effort to Motivate Children to Read

ORADELL, NJ--(Marketwire - February 28, 2011) - Read Across America is the National Education Association's (NEA) annual program to promote reading motivation and awareness in our nation's children. Since 1998, the NEA has celebrated Read Across America Day on or about March 2nd to honor the birthday of the beloved children's book author, Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as "Dr. Seuss." Each March, Huntington Learning Center helps to support this awareness effort by emphasizing the importance of reading as a lifelong learning tool for people of all ages. Through special programs, the supplemental education provider will also offer tips to children and their parents on how to make reading a fun and rewarding activity.

"There is a world of knowledge and entertainment in books," said Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. "It's important for all of the adults in a child's life to emphasize the enjoyment and enrichment that reading offers. It's difficult to compete with today's technology, but reading for enjoyment as well as for learning is a fundamental skill that we need to nourish in our children."

Huntington offers these tips to help families make reading a priority, based on "Raising a Reader" suggestions from the NEA:

  • Teach by example. Read the newspaper, a magazine or the latest bestseller in front of your children.
  • Treat reading as a treat. Subscribe to a children's magazine or set a date to visit your library each month and read the new edition with your child.
  • Plan ahead. Keep a stash of books with you wherever you go. Turn waiting time at the doctor's office, in line at the store, or on a long car ride into reading time.

Huntington Learning Center provides supplemental instruction to children from kindergarten through the 12th grade in academic and study skills as well as standardized test preparation. Its programs are distinguished by the one-to-one attention its certified teachers devote to each child. Identifying and addressing learning problems through personalized programs of instruction helps students improve not only their grades and test scores, but also their self esteem.

"Read Across America Day is a perfect opportunity for families and other caregivers to make a lasting difference in the life of a child or young adult," said Huntington. "When we turn children into readers, we are giving them the tools they need to be life-long learners, and that's a great goal to shoot for."

For more information about Huntington Learning Center or more tips on encouraging your children to read, families can visit www.huntingtonlearning.com.

About Huntington Learning Center
Founded in 1977, Huntington Learning Center is the nation's longest-running supplemental education services provider. Today they continue to be an industry leader providing instruction in reading, writing, spelling, phonics, mathematics and study skills as well as SAT and ACT preparation to tens of thousands of students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Huntington prides itself on its unparalleled programs that help parents, caregivers and educators identify the gaps in skills and knowledge that can limit learning potential. Huntington's personalized programs of instruction enable children to excel. To learn more or to locate a center near you, call 1-800 CAN LEARN.