Triangle celebrates 'Read Across America Day'

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Events were held across the country and here in the Triangle Thursday to celebrate Theodor Seuss Geisel's - best known as Dr. Seuss - birthday by promoting reading with the 16th annual Read Across America Day.

ABC11's own Amber Rupinta took part in an event at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh Thursday morning. March 2 is also the conclusion of the museum's book drive currently ongoing in partnership with Wake UP and Read.

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Governor Roy Cooper also attended a Read Across America event at Parkwood Elementary School in Durham.

Soldiers from Fort Bragg and state troopers got in on the action Thursday as well by taking part in school events.

"Super Hero" readers Wonder Woman, Batman, Captain America, and real-life heroes - Fort Bragg soldiers - will visited with and read to students at Lake Rim Elementary. ABC11's Morgan Norwood was there during a program to celebrate the importance of literacy. The event, sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), had a surprise appearance from the Cat in the Hat himself.

The State Highway Patrol also participated in the nationwide celebration with troopers in the Wake County area reading books written by Dr. Seuss to students at East Garner Elementary School in Garner. Two separate readings were scheduled to take place on Thursday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the school on Jones Sausage Road.

Students even planned their own celebrations.

ABC11's Stephanie Lopez was at Southwest Elementary School in Durham, as students dressed in various Dr. Seuss gear and paraded around the school Thursday morning before dropping off donated books that will be sent to a school that was affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Earlier this week, ABC11's Heather Waliga read to students at Southwest Elementary School as part of Dr. Seuss' celebration.

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Troubleshooter Diane Wilson also took part, reading to students earlier this week.

Another book donation took place at Primrose School Cary Thursday. The school donated 200 books to Interact of Raleigh.

Cary police, fire fighters, Miss North Carolina, Miss Shaw University, and Stormy - the Mascot from the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team - were all guest readers at the event.

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