Reynoldsburg City Schools will celebrate "Read Across America Day," a nationwide initiative to recognize Dr. Seuss's birthday, by hosting a Twitter Challenge and inviting students, parents and community members to an "Evening with Bol Aweng."

Teacher Kim Cooper said the Reynoldsburg Education Association partnered with the school district in the Twitter challenge, which began Feb. 26 and continues through March 2, as well as the author evening, to be held March 5.

"We are encouraging students, parents, teachers, staff and the community to share their favorite books in the Twitter challenge by taking a photo and tweeting using the hashtags #ReadAcrossAmerica and #ReynProud," Cooper said.

She said more than 45 million readers nationwide are expected to pick up a book and read March 2, which is Read Across America Day.

The Evening with Bol Aweng begins at 6 p.m. March 5 at the Summit Road High School Performing Arts Center, at 8591 Summit Road.

"This is an opportunity to better understand current events about refugees, learn about the Lost Boys of Sudan and hear the incredible story of Bol Aweng," Cooper said. "We believe students and the larger community will be inspired learning the Bol Aweng story and how he overcame countless obstacles to survive and turn tragedy into an incredible story of hope and inspiration to others."

Aweng is a self-taught artist and author of the book, "The Journey of Hope."

He was born in Jonglei, a region in South Sudan, but was forced to flee his homeland at the age of 6 to escape a violent civil war, he said on his website, bolaweng.com.

Aweng was one of the 35,000 orphaned or displaced children who became known as the Lost Boys of Sudan. He and several thousand boys were accepted into a refugee camp in Ethiopia.

Aweng later came to America, living in Tennessee, then earned a fine arts degree from Ohio State University. He now lives in Columbus with his wife, daughter and three sons.

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