The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”
This week is Read Across America Week, a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually beginning on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books,
The idea for Read Across America started in 1997 with a task force at the National Education Association and the first one was celebrated in 1998. “Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school,” according to the NEA.
At Global Village Academy- Douglas County we are celebrating Read Across America week with a different event each day to help get our students excited about reading. Talk to your kids about these events, read at home, and help build the excitement and community of readers!
Bedtime for Dragons: Each evening, log in to our Global Village Academy Douglas County Facebook page at 7:00 pm to watch and listen to teachers reading their favorite bedtime stories. There may even be a surprise student reader!
Monday – Be a Reader Day! All students will read the “Reader’s Oath” during morning announcements. A surprise guest will be on hand welcoming students to school and visiting classrooms!
Tuesday - Book Buddies Day! Book Buddies pairs older and younger students for partner reading! In addition, students will have the opportunity to read to Barbara and her pup Lyric, the service dog, during P.E.
Wednesday - Dress as Your Favorite Book Character Day! Spellbinders Storytellers will be telling their tales in select classrooms.
Thursday - Snuggle-Up-and-Read Day! Students are encouraged to dress in their favorite (warm) PJs, bring a blanket, pillow, or stuffed animal and participate in n entire day of reading/literacy activities!
Friday – Celebrate Dr. Seuss Day! Odie, the service dog, and his best friend, Joan, will be listening to students read their favorite Dr. Seuss books during art specials. Students will also be doing some Dr. Seuss themed artwork with Mrs. Steers. In addition, Spellbinders Storytellers will be telling their tales in select classrooms.
This week, we encourage parents to model the love of reading and take time to read together as a family!
Principal, GVA Douglas County