Lorain Mayor Jack Bradley read “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!” by Dr. Seuss to Summit Academy – Lorain Elementary students for Read Across America Day. The nationally recognized day falls on what would be Dr. Seuss’ 119th birthday, March 2, 2023.

In celebration of National Read Across America Day today, also known as Dr. Seuss Day (Dr. Seuss would have been 119!), Lorain Mayor Jack Bradley read to a dozen second- and third-graders at Summit Academy – Lorain Elementary this morning. After greeting the students in Kelly Gallagher’s classroom, Mayor Bradley read “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!” by none other than Dr. Seuss. The mayor’s storytelling brought plenty of smiles from the children, all decked out in “Cat in the Hat” headgear.

Students in Kelly Gallagher’s class at Summit Academy – Lorain Elementary gather with Lorain Mayor Jack Bradley. The mayor read to the second- and third-graders for Read Across America Day, also known as Dr. Seuss Day, March 2.

An educator at heart, Mayor Bradley shared that he was a fourth-grade social studies teacher in his earlier years. He explained how his teaching job helped him pay his way through law school and he eventually became an attorney.

Other special Dr. Seuss Day guests included Gallagher’s husband, Chris (with family pup, Beans, a Yellow Labrador Retriever, by his side). Aptly, the duo read “If You Give a Dog a Donut” by Laura Numeroff. Students, teachers and staff also gathered for a Dr. Seuss birthday celebration with all the trimmings – cake, ice cream and balloons, of course!

Bean and friends!

Mayor Bradley invited the students to visit him at City Hall to learn more about a city mayor’s responsibilities. The school looks forward to planning a field trip to Lorain’s city hall before the end of the school year.

eacher Kelly Gallagher’s husband, Chris, and their pooch, Bean, read “If You Give a Dog a Donut” to students at Canton Elementary for Dr. Seuss Day.

“We are really excited to have a partnership with Mayor Bradley and to welcome him into one of our classrooms,” said Principal Jasmine Rengh. “The students enjoyed hearing about his work as the mayor of Lorain and having him read to them. We look forward to many more opportunities such as this.”