Foundations Afterschool Academy Joins Millions for Read Across America Day


On Friday, March 2, from 3 to 4 p.m., the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is participating in Read Across America Day, a national literacy event started by the National Education Association (NEA). The event celebrates the birthday of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) and the joys of reading, and it is expected that more than 45 million readers, both young and old, will pick up a book and read together.

The Foundations Academy afterschool program is available at four of PRCA's centers: Albert "Ray" Massey Recreation Center, Clarence R. Kelly Community Center, Eastside Community Center and Porters Community Center. Each center's staff have been preparing for weeks with the children, who are in first to eighth grade. The children have been learning about Dr. Seuss and his works, and they have been busy creating coloring projects that will decorate the centers and will be writing a summary about what they have learned to share with the group. On March 2, the staff and children will come together to read some of the favorite works of Dr. Seuss, as well as to participate in other activities.

Events such as Read Across America Day complement the Character Counts curriculum of the Six Pillars of Character. This learning program has been adopted by the Foundations Academy to teach the virtues of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

If you would like to learn more about the afterschool program, please contact Mary Harker, program coordinator, at 352-393-8438 or

For interviews and other program information, please contact John Weber, interim recreation manager, at 352-393-8526 or

For more information NEA's Read Across America, visit and to learn about other reading celebrations that are happening from coast to coast.