The Connecticut Education Foundation kicked off its second annual Read Across America Reading Bus Tour February 25 at Moriarty Magnet School in Norwich.
CEA Executive Director Donald Williams visits Putnam Elementary School, where students chose their own books to take home and share with their families.
This morning kicked off the Connecticut Education Foundation’s 2018 Read Across America Reading Bus Tour, featuring a 38-foot bus decorated with characters from popular Dr. Seuss books and outfitted with bookshelves, benches, carpeting, and 3,000 donated books.
Sponsored by CEF, the nonprofit arm of the Connecticut Education Association, the weeklong literacy event includes guest readers, costumed characters, literacy activities, and new books for nearly 1,000 students.
The colorful bus, which made its first stop at Putnam Elementary School this morning, visits a new town in northeastern Connecticut each day this week, moving next to Thompson, Brooklyn, Sterling, Killingly, and Plainfield. 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.
Reading teachers Kim Stewart and Jen Liebowitz planned a week of fun reading events for students at Franklin Elementary School in Stratford. Today the entire student body sat in the hallways reading for Read Across Franklin Day.
Sitting elbow to elbow, knee to knee, with books in hand, nearly 300 students filled the hallways at Franklin Elementary School in Stratford today to celebrate Read Across America Day, with their very own Read Across Franklin event.
The first-floor hallways—with bulletin boards colorfully decorated with Horton, Hop on Pop, the Cat in the Hat, and other beloved Dr. Seuss characters—were abuzz with teachers reading to many of the preschool through second-grade students. But just one flight up, you could hear a pin drop as the third- through sixth-grade students lined the hallways silently reading a book of their choosing. Read more
CEA Student Program members pose with the Cat in the Hat during a Read Across America event in Rhode Island last weekend. From left are Melissa Scarbrough, Jill Griswold, the Cat, Emily Oaks, and Jessica Jallouk.
CEA Student Program (CEASP) members aren’t waiting around until they have classrooms of their own — they’re eager for any opportunity to make a difference in children’s lives. One such opportunity brought four CEASP members to Rhode Island last weekend, where they were able to reach out to 700-800 children during a statewide NEA Read Across America event. Read more
Kellie Pelletier’s second grade class at Western Elementary School in Naugatuck listens attentively to high school students Courtney Schaefer and Mike Zamani.
In Naugatuck, Read Across America Day not only fosters children’s love of reading, it’s also a day to strengthen relationships and ties between students and schools. High school students gave their time this morning to be role models to younger students by reading to classes at Western Elementary School — some of them reading to a younger sibling, or reconnecting with a former teacher.
The 28 Naugatuck High School students who ventured out into below-freezing temperatures and climbed the hill to the neighboring elementary school were all volunteers who had sought out the opportunity to give back. Read more
Teachers at Hubbard School in Berlin dressed as their favorite book characters to celebrate Read Across America Day.
The classrooms at Hubbard School in Berlin were filled with book characters, including Little Red Riding Hood and the big bad wolf, Amelia Bedelia, Captain Underpants, Pinkalicious, and Thing 1 and Thing 2. Teachers, staff, and administrators at the school dressed up as their favorite book characters today to kick off Read Across America Day and celebrate the birthday of beloved author Dr. Seuss. Read more
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, 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?