|Sam Shelton and Jason Gay at the February City Council meeting. FTM file.|
The first annual Fort Thomas Reads Day will be March 2, by proclamation of Mayor Eric Haas. The mayor declared the day devoted to community literacy and the joys of reading at the February City Council meeting.
The proclamation came at the request of Jason Gay, library media specialist at Highlands High School, and students in the school’s popular book club. Gay and a handful of students started the book club three years ago, and it has since grown to include more than 40 members.
Gay and the students proposed spreading the love of reading beyond the high school to encompass the entire community. Fort Thomas Reads Day would be in keeping with a national Read Across America Day on March 2, also the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.
The day kicks off National Reading Month in which people across the U.S. celebrate literacy with group readings and other events. Gay said the day would promote all forms of reading including blogs, websites and other digital media as well as books, magazines and other publications.
“On this day citizens from businesses, libraries, classrooms, homes and all points in Fort Thomas can share their love of reading through social media platforms with the hashtag #FTREADS. This celebration of literacy will feature the spirit of a community that shares a pursuit of knowledge and intellectual growth,” said Gay in a statement about the day.
The students have set up a Fort Thomas Reads website to share reading events planned for the day and throughout the month of March. Fort Thomas Reads events also will be shared on the Fort Thomas Reads Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Google Plus and Twitter pages.