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CTA Pres., State Supt. Mesmerize Students on Read Across America Day


(Photo Above - From l.) CTA Pres. Dean Vogel, a kindergarten teacher, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson read a powerful book about a young girl’s battle to overcome her reading disability – with the help of a dedicated teacher – as part of the Read Across America celebration on March 3. (Photos by Len Feldman)


The CTA leader and the superintendent read to third grade students of Catherine Boulos at David Lubin School in the Sacramento Unified School District Monday morning.

The two education leaders were among hundreds of educators, parents, and other adults who read to students at school on a national day dedicated to the vital educational “task.”

(Photo above) During the Read Across America events at David Lubin, (from left)  Sacramento City Teachers Association President Nikki Milevsky joined CTA President Dean Vogel and Catherine Boulos in the school’s “Carson reading room.” The specially designed room is set up to give classes a place to concentrate on reading.  The room is in addition to the school’s library.



Supt. Torlakson and Third-grade Teacher Buslous display the book used for the day’s reading at David Lubin.  The story is one of several texts selected by educators to be featured at Read Across America.

In it, Patricia Polacco recounts (in third person) her struggle to overcome dyslexia, which she did with the help of dedicated teachers. Nearly 30 years later, she reportedly spoke to the third grade teacher  who had first identified her reading problem and had the pleasure of telling him that she had become a successful writer and illustrator of children’s books.


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