You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”
Summit Academy is honored to once again participate in the 19th annual Read Across America Day.
Sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA) and Dr. Seuss Enterprises (and coinciding with the legendary author’s birthday), this year’s Read Across America Day takes place on March 2 and will engage an estimated 45 million educators, parents, and students nationwide with school and community celebrations. The event is designed to pay homage to the beloved children’s book author while getting young people excited about reading.
Every year on NEA’s Read Across America Day, the imaginations of children across the country are ignited when they open up a good book. While we take a fun and lighthearted approach to our Read Across America celebrations, we do so with a serious purpose in mind: to encourage a love of reading,” says NEA President Lily Eskelsen García.
How is Summit Academy Celebrating?
At Summit Academy, we are celebrating Read Across America the entire week beginning Monday, February 29. We have a multitude of events taking place throughout the state and invited school board members and administration to go out to the schools and read to our students throughout the week.
This year’s featured book for Read Across America Day is Dr. Seuss’ recently released What Pet Should I Get? In keeping with that theme, Summit Academy has planned a week of festivities dubbed “We’re Going WILD Over Books!” Activities include daily silent reading periods in class, mystery readers during each day’s morning announcements, and books being “shown” to students during lunch periods.
Students are also encouraged to show their spirit for reading all week by bringing their favorite “wild animal” to class, dress as their favorite book character, and wear pajamas and share their favorite bedtime stories.
The week will culminate with guest readers in each classroom on March 2 and 3, including Summit Academy board members Jackie Trainor and Gale Betterly and Ellet Library storyteller Laurie Vongunten.
This national celebration is not just about one hour or one day of reading, it is about cultivating a lifetime of good reading habits that will translate into academic success. NEA’s Read Across America brings students, parents, educators, and the entire community together to share the joy of reading,” says Eskelsen García.
About NEA’s Read Across America
The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 19th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.
Parents and teachers, how are you celebrating Read Across America Day? Share your highlights on social media by tagging photos and updates with the hashtag #readacrossamerica. And don’t forget to take the Read Across America pledge. Lets have some fun and get our students and staff excited about reading! For activities and more information check out: http://www.seussville.com/Educators/educatorReadAcrossAmerica.php