DEA Omaha Division Celebrates Read Across America Week
OMAHA, Neb. –Drug Enforcement Administration Omaha Division agents and staff celebrated Read Across America Week (which took place March 2-6) by reading to more than 1,000 elementary school students in Nebraska and Iowa.
Reading from books like, “Green Eggs and Ham,” “Wacky Wednesday,” and “Hooray for Diffendoofer Day,” agents talked about the importance of reading, giving examples of how often they read at work.
“I want to thank the schools for allowing our Special Agents and Staff to participate in this program. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and hopefully their desire to read and learn,” DEA Omaha Division Special Agent in Charge Richard Salter Jr. said. “I think it’s important for us to get out and interact with kids as often as possible in hopes that these encounters will plant the seeds of trust with the next generation. It is also food for the souls of our agents, reminding us why we do what we do.”
Students were given DEA bookmarks, Red Ribbon bracelets and pens and allowed time to ask questions about the DEA and drug trends.
Read Across America Week launched in 1998 by the National Education Association and is the nation’s largest celebration of reading. Used as a way to encourage kids to read, the holiday falls around the March 2 birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss.