The YMCA Metro North association participated in Read Across America Day on March 2.  Held annually on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, this day is meant to help motivate and encourage kids to read more.  Our branches in Lynn and Peabody hosted events to bring awareness to the importance of reading.

Senator Brendan Crighton and Mayor Tom McGee sat down with children in Lynn while State Representative Tom Walsh read to pre-schoolers in Peabody in our Y Academy classroom and library.

“I’m excited to read to the kids, and having young children at home myself, reading is a
big part of our daily routine,” said Crighton.  “I’m looking forward to seeing the New Lynn Y and the impact it will have on future generations of students and readers,” he noted, as construction of the new 70,000 square foot facility, opening Fall 2020, was visible through the window.

Crighton sat down in the branch’s library and read “One Fish Two Fish” to a group of four year olds, who walked down to the library wearing “Cat in the Hat” themed hats they had decorated themselves.

Mayor Tom McGee also stopped by later in the afternoon to read “Green Eggs and Ham” and “Curious George Saves his Pennies”.  Meanwhile at the Torigian Y in Peabody, State Representative Tom Walsh made a surprise visit and read another Dr. Seuss classic,
“Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?”

We would like to thank Senator Crighton, Mayor McGee, and Representative Walsh for taking time out of their busy schedules to visit our classrooms and share the love of reading with our kids!