Contact: Northern California - Mike Myslinski (408) 921-5769; Southern California - Frank Wells (562) 708-5425
BURLINGAME – California’s public school educators will join a nationwide celebration of reading on Monday, March 3, as they meet up with parents, city officials, firefighters and others at events statewide for the National Education Association’s 17th annual “Read Across America” extravaganza.
Millions of people across the nation will take part in the celebration, as will thousands of California educators and students. The event is always held on or near the March 2 birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss, Theodor Seuss Geisel.
“As California educators join this national celebration of reading, we reflect on how teaching and literacy help our communities to thrive,” said Dean E. Vogel, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, who will be reading to students in Sacramento and Suisun City in Solano County Monday. “Reading skills last a lifetime and are the foundation of all learning.”
In addition, CTA is piloting a project called “California Reads” that celebrates reading year-round. Working closely with the California School Library Association, the project includes teacher-recommended books that can be read to four age groups. To see outstanding recommended books – and to read tips in eight languages on how to make children better readers – get the full scoop here about California Reads.
Below is a sampling of confirmed California events on Monday, March 3, unless other dates are noted:
SAMPLING OF CALIFORNIA READ ACROSS AMERICA EVENTS
Events With Top CTA Officers on Monday, March 3
SACRAMENTO: From 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, March 3, CTA President Dean Vogel will join State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson in reading to students at David Lubin Elementary (in Ben Carson Reading Room), 3535 M Street, Sacramento. The book they will read is “Thank you, Mr. Falker” by Patricia Polacco. CTA contact: Claudia Briggs at 916-296-4087.
SACRAMENTO: At noon Monday, the California Assembly will be honoring Read Across America on the floor by adopting a resolution that will be presented to teachers. CTA contact: Claudia Briggs, 916-296-4087.
SUISUN CITY: At 1:30 p.m. Monday, CTA President Dean Vogel will read to Suisun Elementary School first-graders at Suisun City Library, 601 Pintail Drive, Suisun City, 94585. The book will be “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt. Contacts: Dina Martin with CTA at 415-710-6794, or CTA Read Across America Committee member Janet Robertson , 707-718-0502.
SAN JOSE: At 10:30 a.m. Monday, CTA Vice President Eric Heins will read to second-grade students at Bagby Elementary, 1840 Harris Ave, San Jose, 95124. Featured book is “The Day the Crayons Quit.” CTA contact: Mike Myslinski at 408-921-5769; school contact is teacher Alicia Hinde, 408-502-2440.
MORENO VALLEY: At 10:30 a.m. Monday, CTA Secretary-Treasurer Mikki Cichocki-Semo will celebrate reading by appearing with students at La Jolla Elementary, 14745 Willow Grove Place, Moreno Valley, 92555. She will read “The Day the Crayons Quit.” Contact: Katherine Underwood, 951-990-0603.
Sampling of Northern California Read Across America Events March 3
ALAMEDA: From 9 a.m. to noon Monday, several fun reading events are taking place at Bay Farm Elementary, 200 Aughinbaugh Way, Alameda, 94502. This annual “Seussical Birthday Bash” will involve hundreds of students and includes a pajama day for kids. VIPs from the school district office will come to read Dr. Seuss titles. Older students will read to their lower-grade buddy classes. Kindergartners will enjoy green eggs and ham. And there will be an online live webinar to share the reading fun across the district and beyond. The webinar features a Seuss Trivia Challenge, Readers Theatre of Green Eggs and Ham, letters to the Lorax, and favorite Seuss titles. Contact: Roxanne Clement at 510-748-4010, ext. 1501, or firstname.lastname@example.org
SAN FRANCISCO: On Saturday, March 1, United Educators of San Francisco, in partnership with First Book SF, will give away 40,000 free books to Bay Area educators who work with low-income students. The project’s goal is to get families to start building home libraries – and a lifetime love of reading. Teachers preregistered, but can also register at the door for free books, if they work in a Title 1 school with low-income students. The daylong event, which is not open to the public, will start at 9 a.m. Saturday at Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant St., San Francisco. See more info here. Contact at UESF: Matthew Hardy at 415-513-3179.
SAN FRANCISCO: This daylong event Monday at Sunset Elementary, 1920 41st Ave., continues a tradition that brings scores of city dignitaries together every year to honor reading. The “read-aloud day” will host approximately 50 volunteers, including San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, Supervisor Katy Tang, Board of Education Vice President Emily Murase, Ph.D., Board Commissioner Jill Wynns, and Superintendent Richard Carranza. Contact: Heidi Anderson at SFUSD, 415-241-6565.
SAN RAMON: A morning of reading celebration with School Board President Rachel Hurd and San Ramon Valley Education Association (SRVEA) President Ann Katzburg will be held Monday at Montevideo Elementary, 13000 Broadmoor Drive, San Ramon, 94583. It’s one of many sites in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District hosting Read Across America events Monday morning. Teachers are pitching in, and the SRVEA has purchased 100 books for wide distribution. At 10:30 a.m., Superintendent Mary Shelton will be reading at Twin Creeks Elementary, 2785 Marsh Drive, San Ramon, 94583. Contact: SRVEA President Ann Katzburg at 925-413-9258.
PLEASANTON: The Foothill High School Library will be having a read-in all day Monday, March 3. The school is at 4375 Foothill Road, Pleasanton, 94588. Contact: Patti Stein, 510-219-7432.
FAIRFIELD: On Thursday, March 6, the Fairfield-Suisun Unified Teachers Association, in collaboration with the Solano Mall, is holding a community event for readers of all ages to celebrate the fun and value of reading. The event is 4-5:30 p.m. at the mall. Contact: Jacquelyn Moultrie, 707-422-3600.
SANTA ROSA: Retired Sonoma County teachers are going back to school Monday to read to students at three elementary schools in the Bellevue School District: Meadow View, Bellevue and Taylor Mountain (get school addresses here). This celebration of Read Across America is co-sponsored by CTA/NEA Retired Teachers-Northbay and Bellevue Educators Association, and features many other readers – CTA Board member Larry Allen, administrators, family and community members, and Sonoma State University members of Student CTA. Contact for times and details: Jill Humrich, CTA/NEA-Retired coordinator, at 707-887-0661.
SALINAS: Students here will kick off a week of literacy events Monday at University Park Elementary, 833 West Acacia St., 93901. Principal Daniel Lee, teachers and parents will be reading to students. The mayor and City Council members have been invited to read. Contact: Principal Daniel Lee, 831-753-5655.
Sampling of Southern California, Central Valley Events on March 3
COMPTON: From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, more than 900 students will take part in reading festivities at Compton Unified School District offices, 501 S. Santa Fe Avenue, Compton, 90221. The students will be from seven elementary schools. Contact at the district: Ron Suazo at 310-604-6529.
MADERA: Starting at 9 a.m. Monday, community members will read Dr. Seuss books to students at John Adams Elementary, 1822 National Ave., Madera. Contact: Cece Gallegos at 559-706-5451.
CHICO: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, a public reading day will be held at Children’s Park in downtown Chico. Hosting are the Butte County Teachers Association and Chico Unified Teachers Association. Teachers, education support staff, high school students, librarians and community members will read to families in English, Spanish and American Sign Language. Activities, literacy information booths and popcorn are planned. The first 100 children will receive a free book. Contact: Rachel Frank, 530-965-0461.
BELLA VISTA: Starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday in Shasta County, students will enjoy a day of reading events at Bella Vista Elementary, 22661 Old Alturas Road, Bella Vista, 96008, near Redding. Third- and fourth-graders and their kindergarten buddies will have a “green eggs and ham” breakfast as the principal reads “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss. Students get to wear pajamas to class and bring a favorite stuffed animal. Guest readers will be there throughout the day. Contact: Niki Manning at 530-549-4415.
SAN DIEGO: Students at Walker Elementary School -- recipient of a $1,000 NEA Read Across America grant – will hold a school assembly on “Literature Comes to Life” that involves staff as well to cap off weeks of special reading activities. Read about the school grant here. The school is at 9225 Hillery Drive, San Diego, 92126. Contact: Grace Nall at 858-271-8050.
THOUSAND OAKS: From 4-5 p.m. Monday, members of Unified Association of Conejo Teachers will hold a reading event in conjunction with staff at Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, 91362. Contact: Colleen Briner-Schmidt, 805-499-9344.
The 325,000-member California Teachers Association is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.