By Allyson Dix
Jobe Publishing, Inc.
Last week was recognized as the annual Read Across America week and Kentucky State Trooper Jonathan Houk visited many elementary schools across the area to visit and read to the children including Metcalfe Elementary.
The date for Read Across America week is chosen to honor the late Dr. Seuss, an American author, illustrator, and cartoonist. His work includes many of the most popular children’s books that at the time of his death in 1991, over 600 million copies and 20 language translations had been sold.
Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, is a staple for children’s books with his sometimes made-up words, rhyming, and alliteration in text alongside the colorful characters that brighten the imagination of young readers worldwide.
Trooper Houk told the Edmonton Herald News that he takes the time to visit students for the nationally-recognized week as a way to inspire and teach them through conversation and reading.
“While speaking with the children, I talk about the importance of education and literacy for their future careers,” Houk said.
Houk, a state trooper with Post 15, said he incorporates his role as a police officer as well as the teachers to inspire the students.
For the younger children, Houk reads books to the children that are directed towards seat belt usage and red light/green light knowledge.
His visits with thousands of elementary students are just one of many ways Houk’s invaluable connection to the communities continues to inspire the youth of our state.