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February 25, 2011 > Serve up a good book

Serve up a good book

Read Across America Day is March 2

By Miriam G. Mazliach

You don't have to like Green Eggs and Ham to appreciate "Read Across America Day." This celebration of reading created by the National Education Association (NEA) and the California Teachers Association (CTA) recognizes the birthday of beloved children's author Theodor Geisel, better known as "Dr. Seuss." Since March 2, 1998, a national salute to the joys of reading brings together kids of all ages as well as adults who love books.

Most people would agree that learning to read is one of the most important skills that a child should acquire. Teachers, students, parents and caring adults are encouraged to share their love of reading by spending time reading aloud to one another, or by participating in other literacy-enhancing activities. Start your own family reading traditions!

First, here are two Read Across America Day events open to the public:

Special public event in San Jose:
PBS affiliate KQED, which airs the television program, "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" will be bringing the Cat in the Hat to the Westgate Mall in San Jose (Saratoga & Hamilton Avenues), on Wednesday, March 9 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The event includes children's musical entertainment, prizes and a storybook reading with Dr. Seuss books. After the reading, join the Cat in the Hat for a meet-and-greet and bring your camera for a photo with the Cat! This event is part of Westgate Mall's Mommy & Me and Daddies Too monthly event. Visit www.kqed.org for more information.

Fremont Public Library:
Create free craft projects in celebration of Dr. Seuss
Wednesday, March 2
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
For children in Pre-K - 3rd grade
Make a "Cat in the Hat" hat, recycled art bookmark and a fishbowl craft activity.
Several recycling cartoons will also be shown.
Fremont Public Library
2400 Stevenson, Fremont
(510) 745-1421
Tickets will be distributed beginning at 3:30 p.m. Event limited to first 50 children.


Many schools will be hosting their own activities for students in celebration of Read Across America Day. The following is a sampling:

At Fremont's Cabrillo Elementary School, parents, community members and district office staff will be invited to read to students from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., continuing a Dr. Seuss' birthday tradition. Students, who have participated in the Young Authors program, will read their original books to their peers. It will be a drop everything and read/sustained silent reading day.

At Glenmoor Elementary School in Fremont, the library will be decorated for Read Across America. Dr. Seuss books will be featured and the librarian will read a Seuss book to the children and hand out bookmarks, the week beginning March 1. The school will also preview a new DVD, "Horton Hears a Who," recently procured for the library. Guest readers from the district will come to read their favorite books in the classrooms.

In Hayward, Park Elementary School is holding its first Read Across America event, celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday. Community members and dignitaries will be reading to the students on March 2, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Kennedy Elementary School in Newark will be holding "Read Around the World" on March 4. Newark Schools Superintendent, Kevin Harrigan and other community members will be reading aloud to the students.

Also in Newark, Graham Elementary School's Reading Challenge which has been in effect since the start of the school year culminates with a celebration. All students who reached the goal of 50 books by the March 2 target date, as well as all others who tried, will join in the fun. A pajama day and reading books in the classroom adds to the day's festivities!

At Union City's Kitayama Elementary School, students will be awarded prizes for the number of hours they read, between February 18 and March 3, according to PTA President, Tracy Kilbride. A Dr. Seuss Birthday party will be held on March 11 to celebrate the students' reading accomplishments.

Also in Union City, Searles Elementary School, 33629 15th Street, will be hosting a Family Literacy Night, on March 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call (510) 471-2772 for more information.

Alvarado Elementary, Union City, is planning "Read on the Grass," on March 25, for classes to meet outside and read together.

Pomeroy Elementary in Milpitas will host a variety of guest readers from the District Office, City of Milpitas, and school community who will read Dr. Seuss books to classes throughout the day on March 2. Weller Elementary will hold their Read Across America event on March 4 with guest readers from 9:20-10:40 a.m.

Sunol Glen Elementary is celebrating with a month filled with reading activities: a school-wide assembly to kick off Literature Month, a Seuss-related trivia competition, wacky clothes and crazy hat days inspired by Dr. Seuss characters, reading with a school buddy, and a celebration on March 31 with Principal/Superintendent Molleen Barnes.

To find out about activities at specific public schools, visit these district websites:
Fremont: www.fremont.k12.ca.us.
Hayward: husd.k12.ca.us
Milpitas: www.musd.org
Newark: www.nusd.ca.schoolloop.com
New Haven: www.nhusd.k12.ca.us
Sunol: www.sunol.k12.ca.us

For more ideas or activities to encourage reading at all ages, visit: http://www.nea.org/readacross/

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