Not only was March 2 the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss, but it was Read Across America Day at schools across the country.

In Zachary, students celebrated Dr. Seuss by participating in literary programs and activities in recognition of the initiative created by the National Education Association.

Copper Mill Beta Club students read three Dr. Seuss books to prekindergartners at Zachary Early Learning Center, where students and teachers dressed as their favorite book characters.

At Northwestern Middle School, students wore silly hats and posted pictures of their favorite books in the school’s hallways, while Zachary Elementary youth participated in several literacy-themed activities, including acting out their favorite scenes and conducting book-themed parties.

Goals of Read Across America Day include motivating children, increasing literacy and growing partnerships in communities nationwide.

Around 45 million educators, parents and students nationwide took part in the events co-sponsored by Dr. Seuss Enterprises.