Volunteers Visit 156 Classrooms to Participate In Hartford’s Read Across America Celebration

SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE   March 2015

 

Volunteers Visit 156 Classrooms to Participate In Hartford’s Read Across America Celebration

Batchelder students and teachers get into the joyful spirit of the day in their Dr. Seuss wear.

On Monday, March 9, 2015 volunteer readers participated in the National Education Association’s 2015 Read Across America Day celebration honoring the 111th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Seuss.  Readers included Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez; Susan B. Dunn, President and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut; Dolores Cole, Executive Director of Early Literacy the Principal of Hartford Pre-K Magnet School, Attorney Jeffrey Dressler, and more than a hundred volunteers from Hartford Public Schools, and community orgranizations and corporations like the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
 
Volunteers from Hartford Public Schools and The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving enjoy the breakfast and prepare to read to classrooms.
 
 Companies that participated included:
a.       The Hartford
b.       Stanley Black & Decker
c.       myOn
d.       Aetna
e.       Traveler’s
f.         United Bank
g.       Capital Workforce
h.       United Healthcare
i.         Bank of America
j.         Microsoft
k.       Congressman John B. Larson’s office
l.         MegaEducation
m.     VOYA
n.       Women’s League
o.       Hartford Seminary
p.       Hospital for Special Care
q.       ConnectiCare Insurance
r.        LIMRA
s.        UPS Capital Business Credit
t.        Value Options
u.       CTBHP
v.       Morgan Stanley
w.     Cohn Reznick, LLP – Hartford Office
x.        Kohl’s
y.       HARC – Stepping Sones Birth to Three
z.       CBIA Education Foundation
aa.    Catholic Charities
bb.   OPP
 

Superintendent Dr. Beth Narvaez chats with first graders in Ms. Vassallo's classroom at Batchelder School where the Read Across America was kicked-off in Hartford about the Dr. Seuss story, "Oh, the Places We Will Go!."

Hartford Public Schools and United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut recruited more than 150 volunteers who visited every first and second-grade classroom in the district to read aloud a book by the late Dr. Seuss as part of National Read Across America Day. “Oh, the Places We Will Go!”  was read to all of the students 
 
Batchelder student guides welcomed the crowd to their school.
 
 
The Batchelder Chorus sang wonderful and complicated songs to get the volunteers ready for reading in the Truffula Tree laden auditorium!
 
The event, to be replicated in thousands of classrooms nationwide, is typically held on Dr. Seuss’ birthday. In Hartford, Read Across America serves to highlight the HPS early childhood initiative – The Third Grade Promise – whose goal is to have every child reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade. Connecticut Humanities and MegaEducation have also partnered with the district in organizing Read Across America Day.

Tireless supoorting partner and volunteer reader, Attorney Jeff Dressler is guided to his classroom by student host, Thing 5.

 

Click here to see how Batchelder School prepared for the day with an incredibly varies and creative use of Dr. Seuss texts as a springboard to learning.

 

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