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Lee Helps Kids Celebrate 'Read Across America'


In honor of Read Across America Day, Packers defensive tackle James Lee paid a special visit to the children of Brillion Elementary School in Brillion, Wisconsin Wednesday.

Read Across America Day is the nation's largest reading event and is celebrated annually on or near March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

In that vein, Lee, along with some help from the hosts at the school performed readings of the Dr. Seuss classic "The Cat in the Hat" throughout the afternoon in the school's library. Reading the part of the fish, the 6-foot-5 lineman helped entertain the children as each of the six grade levels received their own individual performance.

After each group was treated to the reading, Lee answered questions - both about his football career and his own favorite things to read (he said "Harry Potter" writer J.K. Rowling is his favorite author) - from the kids and signed autographs for the youngsters.

This school visit was the second year in a row Lee has helped celebrate Read Across America.

"I always liked "The Cat in the Hat" and "Green Eggs and Ham" growing up," Lee said of his affinity for the works of Dr. Seuss. "It was a lot of fun to read to the kids and answer their questions."

Lee said he was happy to help advance the students' love of reading. "Reading is very important - it's what gets you through life," he said. "There isn't a day that goes by that you don't read something." He also added that he hopes to make many more school visits in the future.

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