Hi everyone! I am Angela Laird, Miss Contra Costa County 2015. In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday today, I wanted to talk to you about the importance of education, reading, and never giving up. My mother has been an elementary school teacher for almost 25 years. Now, growing up with a teacher for a mom wasn’t always easy. You most likely had extra homework during the summer, and you couldn’t get away with anything bad at school because your teacher would talk about you to your mom in the teacher’s lounge. Regardless of the downsides, I would not change my mom’s profession for anything. Her passion for education has given me a passion for education and learning. From a young age, I was taught to read from Dr. Seuss books. By learning how to read early, I was given an educational advantage. Reading just 20 minutes a day can help improve writing skills, listening skills, and can help to expand your vocabulary. Reading is the foundation of learning.
While it’s not my platform, encouraging children to read is a duty that I have taken on as Miss Contra Costa County. Being heavily influenced by my mother’s love for education, I can’t help but take a role in bettering the education of my community’s children. I have a working partnership with my county’s library, and just the other day I was given the opportunity to read at one of our local libraries as a guest storyteller. I loved watching the children’s faces light up as I turned the page and to watch them so enthralled by a story brought a smile to my face.
As we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday, also known as “Read Across America Day”, it is worthwhile to remember his perseverance. Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Geisel, tried to get his first book And to Think I Saw it On Mulberry Street published 27 times and each time it was rejected. To me, he is a role model and shows that you should never give up on a dream. Can you imagine what our schools would be like if he had given up?
One day, I hope to follow in Dr. Seuss’s footsteps and write my own book. Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook asks, “What could you do if you were unafraid?” and with the confidence I’ve gained through the Miss America Organization and my love of reading, I will one day be a published author in the genre of fiction. I am unafraid of failing because we can achieve whatever we put our minds to! Thank you, Dr. Seuss, for inspiring us and teaching us to love reading. Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!
xoxo Miss Contra Costa County