Stanton and Richardson Park Students Celebrate Read Across America Day
Stanton Middle School AVID students joined kindergarten students from Richardson Park Elementary School to celebrate the sixteenth annual NEA Read Across America Day. Sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA), Read Across America Day celebrates the birthday of renowned children’s author, Dr. Seuss and the joys of reading.
Thirty AVID students from Stanton Middle School spent their morning with Kindergarten classes at Richardson Park Elementary. The full slate of programming, which was organized by Stanton students, started with a welcome in the cafeteria. While in their classrooms students listened during story time, assisted in constructing personal Dr. Seuss hats and enjoyed various games.
Read Across America Day, started on March 2, 1998, is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2 and is used as a kick-off for National Reading Month. The celebration is designed to motivate children to read and to help create lifelong, successful readers. Research has shown that children who spend more time reading do better in school.
The students from Stanton and Richardson Park will join with many literacy, youth and civic groups in bringing a nation of readers together under one hat – the red and white stovepipe made famous by Dr. Seuss’s the Cat in the Hat. Over 45 million readers, both young and old are expected to pick up a book and share in the excitement of reading.
The celebration of reading will continue in Red Clay with author visits at Lewis, Mote, North Star, Linden Hill and Baltz in the month of March. Red Clay schools will also participate in the March Madness Reading Challenge, a contest designed to enhance the skill of reading by fostering the love of books. The goal of National Reading Month is to help students understand the importance of reading in everyday life and have some fun while participating.