Orangefield Elementary second graders are participating with the  National Education Association in building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America.

Now in its 13th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.

NEA’s Read Across America Day, a national reading celebration, takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

The students have been practicing for weeks in preparation for their live performance of “A Book Is A  Magic Carpet,” which will be performed this week for parents, peers and community members.