All across our country communities are welcoming civic leaders, administrative personnel and private citizens to come into elementary classrooms to read to the students. The ultimate goals are to foster the love of reading and to promote literacy.
In our community, twenty-four readers came to our Primary School one day in early March to read to the children. These included retired teachers, the Fire Chief, the State Representative, other town officials, and business people in the community. The students were greatly appreciative of these volunteers who came to read to them.
Community Reading Day strives to promote a life-long interest in reading. Through reading, children can explore new worlds, experience different events, and gain knowledge. By having people come to school and read to them, they learn that reading is inportant to grown-ups, too. They also learn what these volunteers represent in the community, and how they help others in the exercise of their duties.