Educators and Communities Celebrate “Read Across America” Friday and Next Week

BURLINGAME – California educators, students and families will celebrate a love of books and reading this week and next through “Read Across America,” a nationwide event first launched by the National Education Association in 1998. The event is part of CTA’s California Reads, a year around program to promote reading and book appreciation among California students and others.

The official national kickoff to Read Across America week is Saturday, March 2, but CTA Officers David Goldberg, Leslie Littman, and Erika Jones will be in Southern California this Friday to read to students in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The schools they will be visiting on Friday morning, March 1 are:

Alhambra: CTA President David Goldberg will be at Granada Elementary School, 100 S Granada Ave, at 9:30 a.m. reading to Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten classrooms. School contact is Principal Rosa Soira (626) 943-3600.

Tustin: CTA Vice President Leslie Littman will be reading to TK and 1st grade students beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Heideman Elementary School, 15571 Williams Street. Contact is Tustin Education Association President and California Reads Chair Lisa Hickman, School Librarian Leah Clinton, or TK Teacher Maura Vaughn (949-378-6723).

North Hollywood: CTA Secretary-Treasurer Erika Jones will be reading to first and second graders starting 9:00 a.m. at Arminta Street Elementary School, 11530 Strathern St, (818) 765-5911, Contacts: teachers Marta Barley and Alex Lopez.

CTA President David Goldberg will be accepting a proclamation supporting Read Across America and California Reads from the California State Legislature in Sacramento on Thursday, 2/29. California Reads recommended book titles, bookmarks, and artwork are available here.


The 310,000-member California Teachers Association is affiliated with the 3 million-member National Education Association.