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Sylvan Learning Partners with National Education Association to Spread Joy of Reading Locally and Across North America

Make Dr. Seuss Proud: Read Across America on March 2
Sylvan Learning partners with National Education Association
to spread the joy of reading locally and across North America

Wasilla, AK (Grassroots Newswire) March 2, 2010 – Research has shown a
link between a child's academic success and his or her reading experience
at home. To get students excited about reading and encourage more adults
to spend time reading with children, Sylvan Learning is partnering with
the National Education Association (NEA) to celebrate the 14th anniversary
of NEA's Read Across America and the 106th birthday of the late Dr. Seuss
on March 2, 2010.

"The more children read, the more they'll enjoy reading and the better
readers they're likely to become," said Dr. James May of the Sylvan
Learning located in Wasilla. "NEA's Read Across America is a day to
celebrate the joy of reading and recognize reading's importance in school
and throughout life. We love reading. And, as educational partners, the
NEA and Sylvan Learning want all children to love reading as well."

The National Center for Educational Statistics (January 2009) national
reading assessment of fourth-grade students found that reading for fun had
a positive relationship to performance on reading test scores. Generally,
students who reported reading for fun on their own time once a month or
more performed at the Proficient level, while students who never or hardly
ever read for fun performed at the Basic level. Students who read for fun
every day scored the highest.

"Just as the fun words of Dr. Seuss make children want to turn the pages
again and again, NEA's Read Across America revs up young readers by
showing them that reading can be fun—one rhyme at a time," said NEA
President Dennis Van Roekel. "Part of Read Across America's phenomenal
success is its diverse participation from more than 45 million readers
nationwide. With Sylvan Learning's help, our commitment to building a
nation of readers can be realized."

>From coast-to-coast, Sylvan educators will join with teachers, students,
and parents to encourage a love of reading in local communities by
creating reading events to literally read across North America! To find
out what's happening when Seuss is on the loose, visit
www.SylvanLearning.com/ReadAcrossAmerica.

To encourage a love of reading, Sylvan offers a variety of tools for
parents searching for ways to nurture their child’s reading behaviors -
including grade-specific tips, ideas for reading at home and helpful hints
for raising enthusiastic readers. For additional information, visit the
“Parent Resources” section of www.SylvanLearning.com or call (907)
357-7323. To utilize BookAdventure.com, a free, Sylvan-created
interactive, reading motivation program where children in grades K-8
choose books from more than 7,000 titles, take short comprehension
quizzes, and redeem accumulated points for small prizes, visit
www.BookAdventure.com. For additional information concerning NEA’s Read
Across America, visit www.NEA.org.

About Sylvan Learning
Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of tutoring to students of all
ages, grades and skill levels. Sylvan Learning has more than 900 centers
located throughout North America. In its 30 years, Sylvan’s proven process
and personalized methods have inspired more than 2 million students to
discover the joy of learning. Sylvan’s trained and Sylvan-certified
personal instructors provide individual instruction in reading, writing,
mathematics, study skills and test-prep for college entrance and state
exams. Sylvan helps transform kids into inspired learners with the skills
to do better in school and the confidence to do better in everything else.
Visit www.DrRickBlog.com to share your personal academic experiences and
comment on educational trends. For more information, call (907) 357-7323
or visit www.SylvanLearning.com.

About The National Education Association
The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional
employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary
teachers, higher education faculty and staff, education support
professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students
preparing to become teachers.

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