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Read Across America Cat-A-Van tour stops in Augusta

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

The Cat in the Hat was at two Augusta elementary schools Tuesday.

The famous red and white striped hats were everywhere at Lamar-Milledge Elementary School and Sue Reynolds Elementary School as students participated in Read Across America.

The program is designed to get kids excited about reading and encourages them to read at least 20 minutes a day.

Dennis Van Roekel, President of the National Education Association, said students that read more tend to do better in school and in their personal lives, which is one of the key messages of the tour.

"That solid foundation of a good reading makes a difference in a student's life for every year beyond. And the kids love it. They love to be read to no matter their age and no matter how young they are," Van Roekel said. "As we say around NEA, you're never too old, too wild or wacky to pick up a book and read to a child."

The NEA also donated $500 to both schools to help with the purchase of books and other media items.

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