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
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?