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Eastgate Elementary School Reading Week

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Students at Eastgate Elementary School in Kennewick are putting a fun twist on reading.

Wednesday the school celebrated "Round Up A Good Book Day". It's part of a week long bash called "DEAR" week, which stands for Drop Everything And Read.

Each day students dress up in fun clothes and spend extra time reading. And school administrators said the kids are having fun with it.

"When you walk through the hallways you can see kids smiling and in the library picking out good books. I had the opportunity yesterday to go into every classroom and share a favorite book of mine with them, and kids were excited," said School Principal Mark Stephens.    

But Eastgate Elementary isn't the only school putting an extra emphasis on reading. Schools nationwide are participating in "Read Across America Day" this week, which honors the birthday of Dr. Seuss on Friday.