Fourth-grade teacher Tracy Doyle (far left) says CEF’s Reading Bus Tour is a great way of getting students to keep reading.
“This motivates me to read more,” said Dayana Yanes, aboard a big blue bus parked outside Mayberry Elementary School this morning.
The East Hartford fourth-grader was one of dozens of students at her school who boarded the colorful Read Across America bus to hear You Will Change the World One Day, June Peters’ story of a ten-year-old girl whose heart leads her to help a stranger, and then an entire community. The guest reader was Tom Nicholas, president of the Connecticut Education Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Connecticut Education Association. CEF sponsors the literacy extravaganza with partners iHeartRadio and the National Education Association.
“It was a really nice story that teaches us to be kind to each other,” said Dayana, who herself reads to a younger sibling at home. “And the bus is great!”
The customized, 38-foot schoolbus—decorated with Dr. Seuss characters and outfitted with bookshelves, benches, carpeting, and hundreds of new books—is the centerpiece of CEF’s annual Read Across America Reading Bus Tour. The third annual bus tour rolls into eight eastern Connecticut schools in five towns this year to bring the joy of reading to hundreds of students in urban, suburban, and rural districts. Read more
Students at Moriarty Magnet School in Norwich were the first to board the Read Across America Reading Bus this year. Back row (L-R): CEA’s Tom Nicholas, Sandra Cassineri, Janet Streckfus, and Michele Ridolfi O’Neill, along with fourth-grade teacher Dawn Bisson.
“I can’t believe it.”
“This is A-MAZING!”
Those were just a few of the early reactions from fourth-graders climbing aboard the colorful, 38-foot bus outside Moriarty Magnet School in Norwich this morning.
Today kicks off the Connecticut Education Foundation’s (CEF) second annual Read Across America Reading Bus Tour, featuring a customized blue bus decorated with well-known Dr. Seuss characters and outfitted with bookshelves, benches, carpeting, and hundreds of new books.
Hosted by CEF and sponsored by Big Y World Class Markets, iHeartRadio, and the National Education Association, the year’s biggest literacy event rolls into six eastern Connecticut towns this week to bring the joy of reading to hundreds of students. Complete with guest readers, costumed characters, crafts, and literacy activities, the event also includes book bags filled with school supplies, and a new book of their choice for nearly 1,000 students. Read more
Students and teachers across the country celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday today by reading, writing, learning—and having a lot of fun.
First-grade students in Tricia Lee’s class in Windsor Locks listened to “The Cat in the Hat” before engaging in a wide variety of learning activities that all tied into popular Dr. Seuss books. Watch what the students and their teacher thought about the fun day.