Read Across America Day at PS 132!
“From a child’s first foray into the depths of a story to an adult’s escape into a world of words, reading plays an integral role in our lives.” This sentence begins President Obama’s “Presidential Proclamation — Read Across America Day, 2016”.
March 2, 2016 marked the 19th time of the NEA’s annual reading motivation and awareness program was celebrated across the country. How the day is celebrated is unique to each participating school, but generally there is an appearance by the Cat in the Hat, due the March 2nd date having been chosen in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Also in many cases members of the community come into read a book to a class of students. This year the guest
readers at PS 132 hailed from the NYPD, FDNY, Department of Education, St. Nicks Alliance, local representatives, local businesses, etc.
I was honored to read to an attentive and inquisitive class of fourth graders who unanimously admitted they loved to read. After reading the story, one of the several questions I was asked was, “How do you become a writer?” My answer was, “Read and read a lot!”