Students at several Aldine ISD campuses got a treat on Oct. 19. Volunteers visited campuses with one goal in mind: To read to students.
Read Across the Globe is an initiative that brings volunteers together to impact literacy in communities. Working with volunteers, educators, and partners shine the light on literacy. The initiative is part of a week of literacy-awareness events.
Sun., Oct. 18: Scope-a-thon
Mon., Oct. 19: Read Across the Globe (Grades K-12)
Thu., Oct. 22: Read for the Record (preschool)
Sat., Oct. 24: Make a Difference Day
This year, organizers of Read Across the Globe selected Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. The illustrator is Eric-Shabazz Larkin. The book also includes an afterword by Will Allen. Yes, he is a REAL person.
Organizers also hope to break the Guinness World Record of adults reading to children.
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Supported by: Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation
National Sponsor: Deloitte.
National Sponsor: Dollar General Literacy Foundation
National Nonprofit Partner: Jumpstart Read for the Record
Cindy Buchanan thanked all the volunteers that came out to make the event possible in AISD. Buchanan is the program director of library media services.
“We had elected officials, volunteers from Halliburton, Macy’s, Metro and many more come out to read to our students,” said Buchanan. “I stopped in to the classrooms the volunteers visited to read. The students loved it. You could see them actively engaged. We welcome the volunteers back any time to read to our students. Reading aloud is important in literacy development and is crucial to increasing listening skills.
“Volunteers are essential to helping us create a culture of reading in Aldine. They can help students see the importance of reading as well as show them how much fun it can be too.“
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