As educators, we’re always involved in literacy-building activities, but it’s especially exciting when our reading time coincides with important initiatives and events!
Last Wednesday, DCTA and CEA members took part in kicking off Colorado Literacy Week, and the beginning of the new Colorado Reads Early Literacy Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to build collaborative partnerships that will help all of Colorado’s children grow up to be successful readers. In addition to announcing the initiative and the winners of Mile High United Way’s Social Innovation Fund grants, the students in attendance were each given a book to take home.
Then on Friday, Denver educators joined millions of people nationwide (including Danny DeVito and Zac Efron!) in observing Read Across America Day, NEA’s celebration of reading that marks Dr. Seuss’ birthday. While DCTA President Henry Roman joined local and state leaders to read to children at Archuleta Elementary School, members of DCTA’s Club 30 started the day by presenting a donation to the Children’s Hospital of Colorado on behalf of the Colorado Education Association. They, too, spent the day reading to children, as well as helping with arts and crafts, and learning more about volunteer opportunities at the hospital through organizations like Gift of Gracie.