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Working in Our Schools and Communities

Read Across America was a huge success as thousands of reading events took place in California schools. It was also a great day to include community members in the work we do in our classrooms. I enjoyed reading width the president of the California Professional Firefighters Association, Lou Paulson, at Nicholas Elementary School in Sacramento. A big thanks to all of you who organized reading events and helped us highlight the importance of reading to kids every day.

I also enjoyed visiting and helping out at Project Angel Food in Los Angeles. As part of our community outreach efforts CTA has contributed to Project Angel Food for several years. The organization cooks and delivers free meals to those who are suffering from terminal illnesses. They deliver more than 13,000 meals every week. On March 9, myself and other CTA leaders joined sixth graders from Vine Street Elementary to help prepare meals for that day. Working width the students and other volunteers was exciting and rewarding. Getting out into our communities or taking opportunities to bring others into our schools is a great way to share what we do as educators, talk about the importance of public education and work together to build a better California.

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