Read Across America 2018 kickoff with Reading is Fundamental was held Thursday, March 1st at NEA Headquarters in DC. Nearly 400 third and fourth graders from Prince George’s County public schools attended this reading extravaganza. Participating elementary schools were Flintstone, Paint Branch, Mount Rainier, and William Beanes.
Students were greeted by a music as they arrived at NEA Headquarters to walk the ‘Red Carpet’ to the auditorium where they each got a special t-shirt. The day was magical and not only because it started with a magic show by Peter Wood, “The Impossible Explorer”. Welcome and introductions were given by NEA president, Lily Eskelsen Garcia and Reading is Fundamental president, Alicia Levy.
Students activities included “Celebrating Diversity” Stations which involved Story Time RAA Calendar authors reading an excerpt of their book and in the “Writers Corner” students used story starters to write their own story.
New York Times bestselling authors Kwame Alexander (Booked, Crossover), Jesse J. Holland (Who is the Black Panther), and Gene Luen Yang (Secret Coders, American Born Chinese) fully entertained and engaged the students. They made reading and cartooning as well as illustrating a story and characters real.
Closing out the event with a student participation read along with NEA president and a pledge from Reading is Fundamental president to help support the Billion Book March by reading and encouraging others to do so and record the number of books read. Students also received a goodie bag and box lunch.