Hartford Partners Kick-off Read Across America at Parkville Community School

Hartford Partners Kick-off Read Across America at Parkville Community School

Every year on March 2, dozens of volunteer readers donate their time and effort for Read Across America Day. This national event celebrates a diverse nation of readers by organizing volunteers to read to students in classrooms across the country.

Parkville Community School Principal Ezzie Figueroa, Assistant Principal Erin Wilson-Ruff, school mascot the Parkville Panther, and school staff welcomed Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Chief Academic Officer Dr. Madeline Negron,  and Chief Performance Officer Dr. Bethany Silver into physical 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms at the school so the district leaders could share a book with the students. COVID-19 has changed the way volunteers visit classrooms; many classrooms in our district used technology to welcome virtual volunteers to read today.

Improving reading proficiency is a major goal of the district. Read Across America is a very special opportunity to highlight the importance of building early literacy and language skills for all of our students.

Reading books like The Day You Begin in English or in Spanish is a step in that direction. Hartford Public Library donated the e-books which were gifted to the individual classrooms. United Way covered the cost of the hardcover versions which were also gifted to the classrooms at Parkville School.

Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez recorded welcome videos for the reading volunteers and the students in other district schools.

The volunteers prerecorded virtual read-alouds for our 3rd grade classes. According to United Way, in Hartford, 130 volunteers created videos to read to 130 classrooms.

Vanessa S. Diaz-Valencia, Assistant Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Programs, states, “We are so appreciative to the United Way and Hartford Public Library for helping to create such an amazing event for our young learners. We are thankful to the community for providing such a meaningful experience for our students.”

You can enjoy exploring The Day You Begin with Dr. Torres-Rodriguez and Ms. Gramuglia’s 3rd  grade class, and El día en que descubres quién eres (Spanish Edition) with Dr. Madeline Negron and Mr. Hochfield’s 2nd grade class by watching the videos below.

Students across Hartford signed reading pledges as part of the United We Read Challenge for the month of March.

We welcomed new United Way of Central and Northeastern CT CEO Eric Harrison to the event.  United Way is key in making possible our volunteer readers programs.

Read Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez’ message about National Reading Month.

You can see more photos from the March 2 event by clicking here.

Welcome Messages from our Partners and Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

Enjoy these videos and photos from the event!

Why all the hats?  It was also Hats Off To Reading day!