Friday, October 24, 2014

The Countdown to NEA’s Read Across America 2014 Has Begun!

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By Anita Merina

In Bakersfield, Calif., Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association president Michelle Johnson is planning a reading block party featuring storybook characters and book giveaways. In Sioux City, Iowa, NEA-Retired member Sue Wiele is dusting off her favorite Sam I Am costume. And in Louisiana, NEA Education Support Professional member Ruthie Wright is rounding up her merry cast of reading volunteers.

The nation’s largest reading party, NEA’s Read Across America Day, happens March 3. Across the country, NEA members are busy decorating classroom doors, planning green eggs and ham breakfasts, and organizing reading pep rallies and flash mobs.

For the second year in a row, Read Across America will highlight the importance of oral health and the connection between oral health and literacy, thanks to national sponsor and dental benefits provider Renaissance Dental. Poor oral health is a leading cause of absenteeism in schools, causing students to lose millions of hours in critical reading instruction.

Read Across America offers new posters, tips, and resources on oral health and reading at nea.org/readacross. Students can take a reading and brushing oath during Read Across America events, and Delta Dental will sponsor the two- week Cat-a-Van reading tour, which will travel to Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and other locations.

For many students and educators, the star of the reading show is still Dr. Seuss. His whimsical books and colorful characters lie at the heart of many fun-filled Read Across America celebrations and reading challenges. Dr. Seuss would have turned 110 this year, and as millions of students and educators share their love of books, they’ll also tip their red-and-white stovepipe hat to the reading pioneer.

If you’re just getting started, there’s still time and many resources to make your Read Across America event Seussational. Check out the new Read Across America posters, certificates, proclamations, and bookmarks at nea.org/readacross. You’ll also find links to the Read Across America Pinterest page, SchoolTube channel and YouTube videos, and partners providing free and inexpen-sive books for your events.

The countdown to the March 3 Read Across America Day has begun, and it’s time to “Seuss” the day and get ready to read. Download the  new Read Across America poster for  your school or classroom. And for the first time, NEA’s Read Across America offers a new tablet and mobile app, connecting you with the Read Across America literacy calendar and program resources. It’s NEA’s way to help members promote reading all year long.

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3 Responses to “The Countdown to NEA’s Read Across America 2014 Has Begun!”
  1. Paul Czekaj says:

    Hi, my name is Paul Czekaj singer/song writer. My friend Becky Mason who was my Daughters elementary school librarian asked me if I could write a song in celebration of “Read Across America” to share with her students. I wrote an original song called “Reading’s Lot’s of Fun” that features many Dr. Seuss books I remember reading as a child. I’ve been performing the song at the school for the children for the past fifteen years! They really like it a lot. It’s a very upbeat bouncy song. It has been enjoyed so much that I recorded the song and added a fun video to go along with it. Here’s the link to watch it. http://youtu.be/qM3ZL9d_wKc You can also watch “Reading’s Lot’s of Fun” and all my videos by going to youtube and typing in my name Paul Czekaj. The words to the song are below. I hope you enjoy it and share it with any child who loves to read.

    Paul Czekaj

    Reading’s Lot’s of Fun

    Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss, He makes reading lots of fun. Chorus.

    Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss, I don’t know what story is my favorite one.

    One of the stories that I laugh at, Is the one with the boy and his 500 hats.

    Or that sticky stuff that was a pain in the neck, Poor old Bartholomew and the oobleck. Chorus

    A flower growing out of your head is crazy. But it happened in the story of daisy-Head Mayzie

    Horton told the mayor to make noise until. The kangaroos heard them, so he saved Who-ville. Chorus

    The tongue twisting rhymes by socks in fox, Could never be repeated by old Mr. Knox.

    Horton sat on a egg on tree that bent, Cause an elephant’s faithful, One hundred percent. Chorus

    Thidwick the big hearted moose is the best. Cause a host above all must be nice to his guests.

    For breakfast if you what green eggs and ham. Your gonna have to see a guy named Sam I Am. Chorus

    Don’t know which story eeee…eeeeee Is my fav fav fav fav fav fav favorite one

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