Read Across America—March 3rd!
By Amy Williams (SDWI Intern)
Read Across America is put on by the National Education Association (NEA), is in its 17th year, and is a day to celebrate reading.
This year, NEA is launching a new project where Read Across America will not only be one day a year, but year-long, and to do that, they partnered with the California Teacher’s Association to make sure that kids read not only on this day but for at least 20 minutes a day all year.
This year, they are also emphasizing dental hygiene to go along with the reading. According to NEA’s website, “American students miss 51 million hours of school every year because of oral health problems. And students who are absent miss critical instruction time—especially in early grades where reading is an important focus.” So they are encouraging students to brush two times a day for two minutes and read 20 minutes a day.
Although the day is centered on children, NEA invites all ages to participate in any way that they can, such as reading to children yourself or inviting a professional to read to children—or you practice dramatic reading with those around you.
San Diego organizations are getting involved the whole weekend in order to incorporate Dr. Suess’ birthday. There are events at the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. Edgar Gonzalez and Kevin Kouzmanoff of the San Diego Padres, read “The Cat in the Hat” to children on February, 25.
So pick up any book and read on March 3. Read to a child and read to yourself.
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