RANGELY I Parkview Elementary School (PVE) students, parents and community members will join millions of other readers across the nation to celebrate the 16th annual National Education Association (NEA) Read Across America Day on March 2.
Organizer and PVE first-grade instructor Beverly Hernandez is seeking additional adult volunteers for the event, which will begin with a moral focus assembly in the school gym at 8 a.m., followed by small group reading in classrooms from 8:30 to 9 a.m.
“Every year, the superintendent (Matt Scoggins) wants to do some kind of reading program with the kids that day,” Hernandez said. “Since my kids were presenting the moral virtue of encouragement that morning, it made sense to tie that in with Read Across America.
“The annual event, which celebrates Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the joys of reading, is expected to draw more than 45 million readers of all ages nationwide to participate.
“I think adults are good role models for kids,” Hernandez said. “If children see adults reading, it keeps them reading.”
Following the assembly, which will tie in with this year’s event theme of “Oh, The Places We’ll Go,” four to five adult volunteers will join children in each classroom, where the kids and grown-ups will read to each other.
Parents are encouraged to join their children, Hernandez said. Favorite books need not be by Dr. Seuss.
To get involved with Read Across America Day at Parkview, contact Cheri Smith at 675-2267.