Read Across America unveils new look

Our student populations are ever-changing and evolving and every year there are new children’s books that reflect that diversity. That’s why NEA’s Read Across America is rebranding with a new logo to appeal to students of all ages and backgrounds and a continued mission of “Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers.”

Of course, children still love Dr. Seuss, and his birthday on March 2. Also, Read Across America Day is still an ideal time for a school-wide reading event when you can serve green eggs and ham, but with the broadened scope of NEA’s Read Across America, there are activities, resources, and ideas to keep students reading all year long.

A colorful printed calendar and an interactive resource calendar (find it at readacrossamerica.org) offers book suggestions for different age groups and provides ideas for applying lessons from the books to the classroom.

Kicking off this school year, the book for August 2019 was All Are Welcome Here. No matter how you start your day, what you wear, when you play. Or if you come from far away. All are welcome here.

The lively picture book sends a clear message that our public schools are places where every child is welcome. The calendar suggests hosting a community-building back-to-school event that opens opportunities for talking about individual differences, diversity, and how we can learn from each other.

Governor Evers visits classrooms, helps celebrate Read Across America

The day after delivering his pro-public education State Budget Address at the Capitol in Madison, Governor Evers hit the road and visited schools throughout the state, in part reading to students to help celebrate NEA’s Read Across America.

In the pictures below, he is visiting Schulte Elementary School in Racine, WEAC Region 3 member Diane Barnett’s class at Lincoln Elementary School in Appleton, and the jump rope team after-school program run by WEAC Region 4 member Mark Shuda at La Crosse’s Southern Bluffs Elementary School. Students there focus on healthy lifestyles and choices. The governor’s proposed budget – for the first time ever – creates funding especially for after school programs.

In this final picture below, Governor Evers poses with WEAC Region 4 members (left to right) Michelle Powell, Jill Schams and John Havlicek.

Celebrating Read Across America!

WEAC President Ron Martin joined staff and students at Viking Elementary School in Holmen on Thursday to celebrate Read Across America, the nation’s largest reading event. The National Education Association’s Read Across America, which is celebrated in schools throughout the nation on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss, is designed to motivate students to read. The event helps students to master basic reading and comprehension skills and develop a life-long love of reading by making it F-U-N. Read more about Read Across America.

Chris Larson Joins Kluge Elementary Kindergarten Class for “Read Across America”

Senator Chris Larson read "Happy Birthday to You! to a kindergarten class at Kluge Elementary on Tuesday (Photo credit: Joe Brusky).

Senator Chris Larson reads “Happy Birthday to You! to a kindergarten class at Kluge Elementary on Tuesday (Photo credit: Joe Brusky).

State Senator Chris Larson joined kindergarteners this morning at Kluge Elementary School for this week’s national Read Across America, an initiative started by the National Education Association (NEA). Students enjoyed having a prominent community guest spend time with them reading from the Dr. Seuss classic, “Happy Birthday to You.”

Senator Larson is well known to MTEA members as a strong supporter of public schools, a co sponsor of legislation to build Community Schools and a fierce opponent of the Takeover of MPS.