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Superintendent's Message - March 2019
Posted 3/1/19

March 2019

Video - Read Across America

March 2019 marks the twenty-second anniversary of a nationwide Celebration of Reading and Dr. Seuss's 116th birthday! Many Fremont Unified Schools are holding Read Across America events throughout the month to encourage young people to develop a love for reading. If you've ever shared a book with a child, you know the joy and excitement this small but meaningful act can bring.


When I was a kid, my nose was always in a book. I remember riding my bike to the public library and filling my front basket with a week’s worth of books like Harriet the SpyTales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and The Cat Ate My Gymsuit. The annual Scholastic Book Fair was one of my favorite grade school events; I can still remember painstakingly filling out the order form and waiting not-so-patiently for my All of a Kind Family series to arrive.


Scholastic recently surveyed the parents of children between the ages of zero and five in an attempt to discover what made children frequent readers. According to the report, 54% of children up to the age of five are read to at home five to seven days a week, with this declining to 34% of six to eight-year-olds, and 17% of nine to 11-year-olds. But 40% of six to 11-year-olds who are not read to told researchers they wish their parents had continued reading aloud to them.


We are never too old for story-telling or gathering around for a well-told tale. When parents, older brothers and sisters, and other caring adults take just 20 minutes a day to read with a child, there are innumerable rewards, including: building stronger personal connections, boosting higher rates of success at school, and opening young minds to new and creative ideas. A word of warning, however... a child who learns to love reading may start sneaking books under the table at dinnertime or hiding with a flashlight and a novel under the covers at bedtime -- a small price to pay for the lifelong value that reading brings us. 


There are many ways for you join in this month’s celebrations. Contact your local school or library to find out what activities you might participate in--or simply serve as a role model at home by setting up family reading time together each evening. As Dr. Seuss wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”