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New York, NY — Verity Gospel Music Group recording artist Jason Nelson is set to participate in a national initiative to bring the gift of reading to thousands of public schools. The National Education Association’s (NEA) “Read Across America Tour – Driven by Mazda” will stop in 20 cities, each stop enlisting the help of local and national celebrity support, all culminating in New York City on March 2nd in conjunction with the opening of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s 3D feature, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.

Jason Nelson will participate in the Baltimore leg stop of the tour as a reader to the children in Winfield Elementary School. Studies have shown that students who enjoy reading perform better in school, boast higher test scores, develop comprehension proficiency and improve analytical skills faster and better than their peers who read less frequently. Nelson, a Baltimore native and graduate of The Baltimore School for the Arts, feels particularly drawn to this initiative.  “We must establish protocols that encourage our children to read and to love reading at an early age,” says Nelson.  “I read with my own children on a regular basis to emphasize its importance, and I’m very excited to participate in this initiative.” 

Jason Nelson was signed to Verity Gospel Music Group in June 2011. As an artist, he is known equally for his impeccable writing skills, compelling vocals, and passionate heart for ministry.  His current single, “Shifting the Atmosphere,” has been widely received by pundits and gospel music fans alike. His highly anticipated album is due later this year.

As a father, pastor and singer, The NEA’s “Read Across America Tour – Driven by Mazda” is a perfect tie-in to Jason Nelson’s life and work.  The event will take place at 1:30 pm at Winfield Elementary School, 8300 Carlson Ln. Baltimore, MD. The tour will focus on sharing the story of Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” with students, raise awareness for public schools in need and provide an opportunity for consumers to show that they care – as the Lorax teaches us – “a whole awful lot.” In the words of NEA president, Dennis Van Roekel, “NEA’s National Read Across America celebration is not just about one hour or one day of reading, it is about cultivating a lifetime of good reading habits in students that will translate into academic success.”

Courtesy of www.thebellereport