NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Public Schools marked the national Read Across America Day on Friday – at every school, for the first time.
Hundreds of guest readers fanned out across the district, according to NPS Communications Director Brenda Wilcox Williams. They included Mayor Harry Rilling, members of the Norwalk Police and Fire Departments, Common Council members, State Legislators, NPS Board of Education members, family and community members, school and district leaders, and high school students, all sharing their love of reading with students, she said.
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“Anytime that any administrator, any adult, can walk into an elementary school or any school and promote literacy and reading, and reading across grade levels and reading comprehension, and all the things that we do in this district to help kids read and write… I think it’s a wonderful experience,” Ponus Ridge Middle School Principal Damon Lewis said, after reading to 21 Fox Run Elementary School students.
Readers were given the option of bringing two books they wanted to read, or leave it up to the school to provide the books, Wilcox Williams said.
“An event sponsored by the National Education Association, Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program celebrated throughout the country. The program calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading,” the NPS press release said.
“Children who are inspired and spend more time reading do a better job in school according to research,” K-12 English Language Arts Instructional Specialist Janine Goss is quoted as saying. “Motivating students to read is a critical factor in creating a lifelong ability and passion for reading well beyond school.”
“In addition to Friday’s events, several NPS schools kicked off the celebration earlier in the month,” the press release said. “Rowayton and Brookside elementary schools participated in the “One Book, One School” program, which motivated students to create projects and participate in activities as a school community. At Nathan Hale Middle School, English Language Arts students were provided with the opportunity to register for a Norwalk Public Library card.”