Read Across America 2024

National Read Across America Week Ignites a Passion for Reading
Posted on 03/13/2024
State SuperintendentTeachers, students and distinguished leaders embraced the nation's largest celebration of reading during National Read Across America Week. From March 2 - 6, community members united to encourage and celebrate the joy of reading.

State School Superintendent Richard Woods kicked off the literary celebration with students and teachers in the media center at Chapel Hill Elementary School. He engaged with young scholars, graciously answering a variety of questions and appearing in several classroom photos. The Chapel Hill Cheetahs were intrigued by his enthusiasm and lighthearted spirit as he read aloud and emphasized the value of reading.

Chapel Hill Elementary also welcomed singer and actor Q. Parker, current NFL player Michael Carter and University of West Georgia First Lady Dr. Tressa Kelly as some of its distinguished guest readers, supporting the mission of Dr. Seuss to nurture and explore literature.

Principal K’Asha Davis highlighted the significance of reading and its relevance to everyday life.

“During Read Across America week, we emphasize the essential role of reading in all aspects of life,” Davis said. “It's a time to remind everyone that being a reader is being a leader! Our goal is to make sure students understand that reading isn't just important in school, but it's also crucial in every career, every opportunity, and every situation they may encounter.”

In other celebrations across Douglas County Schools, a group of Chapel Hill High School student-athletes visited Factory Shoals Middle School to share in the reading wave.

“This visit created a unique opportunity for the middle school students to interact with older students who share their passion for sports and education,” said Factory Shoals Principal Dr. Raymond Leonard.

Media specialist Katrinia Barnett expressed how the visit was a memorable and impactful experience for both the athletes and the students.

“The student-athletes served as inspiring role models, motivating the middle school students to develop a love for reading, prioritize education, and embrace important values like teamwork and sportsmanship. This event exemplifies the power of community involvement and the positive influence that older students can have on their younger peers,” she added.

New Manchester High School’s student-athletes also took part in reading to students at Eastside Elementary. Members of the Girls Varsity Basketball Team, Varsity Cheer Squad and Track Club welcomed the inspiring reading festivities. The Eastside Elementary Patrol Team led all distinguished readers to their respective classrooms, offering them refreshments in the media center. The engaged students enjoyed listening to their fellow upperclassmen while enjoying some of their most cherished books.

At South Douglas Elementary School, students enjoyed "Horton Hears A Woo" at lunch on March 4, Book Cover scavenger hunts on March 5, guest readers on March 6, a circulation poster contest on March 7 and reading buddies on March 8 to name just a few.

“It has been a great week of reading!,” South Douglas Media Specialist Ana Leibbrand said.

The National Education Association launched Read Across America in 1998 as a year-round program to celebrate reading. Dr. Seuss’ March 2 birthday was designated as Read Across America day because of his significant impact on the world of reading and literacy.
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