By Mark Johnson/Richmond News
avorite childhood tales past and present will be shared this week as Richmond schools celebrate Read Across America, an annual nationwide event.
The festivities began Monday morning at Sunrise Elementary with an all-school assembly featuring a visit from the Cat in the Hat. Dear Elementary students also came calling to take part in the activities, which included singing, a proclamation, the reading of essays and a proclamation.
Donna Miller, a fifth-grade teacher and Read Across America coordinator for the school district, stressed the importance of reading in learning for all grade levels.
“You want to try and install a love of reading,” she said. “Reading is the basis for everything.”
Miller said the page turning wouldn’t stop when the assembly is over.
The remainder of the week will include a special breakfast and Very Important Readers, including high school students, community leaders and school district representatives, coming into the elementary school classrooms to read to students.