by Winston Chua
School budgets down, class sizes grow; but there issomething the California Teachers Association hopes that will never change, thelove of reading among young people. From firefighter to doctor to journalist,the CTA wants the community to volunteer their time in reading to kids of allages.
In little more than a month, on March 2, the CTA officiallycelebrates “Read Across America.” But the CTA wants to focus in on more than aday, as they promote reading as a lifestyle. The special March day is thebirthday of Dr. Seuss, remembered through the nationwide pledge to read.
“Reading is a fun, exciting and positive thing,” said SheriMiyamoto, a community relations specialist for the CTA. “It’s important becauseit opens up the world and opportunities to everyone. The more they learn, thebetter citizens they become. Kids are our future.”
Miyamoto said that there is no better time for volunteers inall professions to call the local school district and sit in classrooms and simplyread. And in doing so, sparking motivation and excitement as men and women taketime out of their busy schedules to spend time with local youth.
The public library in San Gabriel will commemorate the dayby having a special family story time reading of several Dr. Seuss books. Kidswill also have the opportunity to make hats like those from the classic book The Cat in the Hat.
The California School Library Association has complied alist of books that “Every Child Should Know,” including Monsoon Afternoon, What to DoAbout Alice and The Surrender Tree:Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom.
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