“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” – Dr. Seuss
The 1,800 preschool students in the Cherry Creek School District are on an epic reading adventure. With the help of their teachers, parents, other family members and friends, the youngsters are attempting to read a total of 40,000 books in one week. That’s three books per student per day.
It’s all part of the 1st Annual Reading Together Readathon, taking place in Cherry Creek School District preschools between Feb. 26 and March 5.
“One of our goals in preschool is to instill a love of reading,” said Stacey Peoples, director of Early Childhood Education for Cherry Creek Schools. “For preschoolers, reading means reading together; with mom or dad, grandma or grandpa, older brothers and sisters or teachers and friends. Reading together helps young learners develop important pre-reading skills and fosters that early love of reading. It really lays the foundation for their long-term success in school.”
The Reading Together Readathon coincides with the 20th Annual Read Across America Day, a nationwide celebration of reading that takes place on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. He wrote dozens of children’s books, including ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’ which are among the most popular children’s books of all time.
As part of the Reading Together Readathon, preschool families are also collecting pledges from relatives and friends for every book their preschooler reads. The money raised will help provide books, arts and crafts supplies and educational toys for preschool classrooms across the district.
Cherry Creek Schools offers high quality, affordable preschool at more than 20 locations across the district. The program features an extremely low staff-to-student ratio and a comprehensive, scientifically-based, early childhood curriculum. The program helps youngsters develop the academic and social skills they need for kindergarten and beyond. For more information about the preschool program, visit the Cherry Creek Early Childhood Education website at http://earlychildhood.cherrycreekschools.org/.