By Lt. David Barksdale, AA/PIO
Valley State Prison

A correctional officer, a lieutenant and a correctional counselor left prison grounds and entered the world of Dr. Seuss, at least for a day. As Dr. Suess wrote, “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”

As part of Read Across America, three staff members from Valley State Prison (VSP) visited a Fresno elementary school on March 2, the birthday of the famous children’s author,

Lt. R. Quesada, Correctional Counselor II S. Torres, and Correctional Officer H. Mendoza participated in the national event.

“It was a positive interaction with the elementary school kids; we stressed the importance of reading which was well received.  I believe that these interactions will have a ripple effect. The kids go back home and tell their families about their positive experience with law enforcement,” said Lt. Quesada.

What is Read Across America? It’s a yearlong reading initiative created in 1997 by the National Education Association. One part of the project is National Read Across America Day, an observance in the U.S. held on the school day closest to March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Geisel.