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Students Across the State Celebrate Reading

Charles Barnum Elementary School in Groton celebrated Read Across America Day today with members of the military. Paul Nonan from the U.S. Navy read Daisy-Head Mayzie to Laurie Atkins' kindergarten class.

Charles Barnum Elementary School in Groton celebrated Read Across America Day today with members of the military. Paul Norian from the U.S. Navy read Daisy-Head Mayzie to Laurie Atkins’ kindergarten class.

The kids at Charles Barnum Elementary School in Groton are just some of the many students across the state celebrating Read Across America today.

Barnum Elementary celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with volunteer readers from the U.S. Navy Base and the Coast Guard, as well as other volunteers from the school and staff.

NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child to celebrate reading on the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. In cities and towns across the nation, teachers, family members, and community volunteers develop activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages.

U.S. Navy sailor David Klopfer, wearing a Horton hat, while reading Horton Hears a Who! to Tamar Stearns first grade class at Charles Barnum Elementary School in Groton to celebrate Read Across America Day.

U.S. Navy sailor David Klopfer, wears a Horton hat while reading Horton Hears a Who! to Tamar Stearns’ first grade class at Charles Barnum Elementary School in Groton.

Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.

Are you celebrating Read Across America with your students?

One Comment
  1. Heather #

    Would have loved to celebrate Read Across America day. However, unfortunately, at our school it was all about CMT push and as our school’s literacy specialist I was in CMT push groups all day!! I agree with the article that in order to build life long readers we need to encourage children to read for pleasure and help children to see the joy in reading. With all the CMT push in our school and i’m sure others across the state it has been hard to show kids the joys of reading lately. Let’s hope with the new state assessment in the year to come this will change and school won’t be all about test prep.

    March 6, 2013

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