David Custer reads "The Flying Hockey Stick" for Read Across Ame - WNEM TV 5

David Custer reads "The Flying Hockey Stick" for Read Across America Day

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Wednesday is Read Across America Day, a celebration of reading in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday.

The day began in 1998 after a small group from the National Education Association wanted to celebrate reading.

In cities and towns across the nation, groups develop activities to celebrate reading.

For TV5's David Custer, the campaign is a personal one.

"My aunt, who was a teacher at the Genesee Intermediate School District. For quite a few years, on this day I would go to her school and read to her students," Custer said. "She always dressed up as Cat in the Hat, which was pretty cool."

His aunt has since retired, so this year, he took the power of social media and used it to read to kids.

(The video really starts at 2:12)

Custer read his favorite book "The Flying Hockey Stick" to a Facebook audience. 

People commented that their kids listened to his story time, and one young viewer was inspired to read his own book.

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