NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.
NEA's Read Across America also provides NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year.
In cities and towns across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others develop NEA's Read Across America activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages. Governors, mayors, and other elected officials recognize the role reading plays in their communities with proclamations and floor statements. Athletes and actors issue reading challenges to young readers. And teachers and principals seem to be more than happy to dye their hair green or be duct-taped to a wall if it boosts their students' reading.
In May 1997, a small reading task force at NEA came up with a big idea. "Let's create a day to celebrate reading," the group decided. "We hold pep rallies to get kids excited about football. We assemble to remember that Character Counts. Why don't we do something to get kids excited about reading? We'll call it 'NEA's Read Across America' and we'll celebrate it on Dr. Seuss's birthday." And so was born on March 2, 1998, the largest celebration of reading this country has ever seen.
Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.
At the national level, the National Education Association sponsors and spearheads the program with support from more than 50 national nonprofit and association partners. Locally, everyone-from schools to libraries to community centers to churches to hospitals to bookstores-is invited to host local events to celebrate and promote children's reading.
In addition to the 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers who make up NEA membership, some 50 national organizations and associations give their support.
Contact your local school, NEA local association, library, bookstore, or local chapter of NEA's Read Across America partner organizations about events that are taking place in your community. Explore this Web site fully for information, ideas, and resources.
Joshua Snyder, Elementary Assistant Principal/Director of Federal Programs
Rita Eckert, Math Academic Coach
Lindsey Wilmoth, K-6 School Counselor
Alison Ostertag, Reading Academic Coach
April 21st from 9:00-4:00 & April 22nd from 8:00-12:00
Atchison County Community Elementary School will be holding kindergarten and preschool screening at the Effingham Union Church 515 Seabury St. on April 23rd from 9:00-4:00 and April 24th from 8:00-12:00. The entire screening will take about an hour per child (30 minutes for preschool screening). Please call the Elementary School at (913) 833-4420 to schedule a time and for more information. Students 5 years-old on, or before August 31st, 2016 are eligible for kindergarten for the upcoming school year. Students must be 4 on or before August 31st, 2016 to be eligible for preschool.
Checklist of Items to Bring to the Screening:
The Kansas State Department of Education, in partnership with the Character Education Partnership, is recognizing Atchison County Community Schools with the Spotlight Award for Social, Emotional and Character Development.
The Kansas Schools of Character Award program recipients are schools and/or districts that have demonstrated education principles that include creating a caring school community, engaging families and community members as partners in character-building efforts, fostering
self-motivation, and implementing meaningful and challenging academic curriculum that respects all learners, develops character, and helps students succeed.