World Read Aloud Day is an event that promotes worldwide literacy for children of all ages. To date, it is recognized by schools in 127 countries and these numbers continue to grow.
This year, CDS will celebrateWorld Read Aloud DayonFriday, February 7th between 2:30-3:00pm.Junior students will be paired with Senior students and classes will meet in pre-determined locations to read aloud together. Junior School students are encouraged to have a favourite book (or two or three) to read with their partner. Books may come from home, the class collection or the library.
To add to the spirit of the day, it will be a pyjama day in the Junior School, and the monies raised will be used to purchase books for:The Small Project (currently sponsored by the Senior School), Code Canada (an NGO that supports literacy in Canada and the world) and TheChildren’s Book Bank in Toronto (managed by CDS graduate, Loribeth Gregg ’09, featured in the most recent Link magazine!). Gently used books are being collected in the Senior School next Friday (near the Winch Family Learning Stairs) for The Children’s Book Bank.
The Middle School will be participating in the day as well in the form of a rotational reading experience. During the same time frame on Friday, students will move from classroom to classroom listening to their teachers read excerpts from their favourite novels, poems and non-fiction books. What a great lesson for our students … that not everyone enjoys reading the same thing!
This is an incredibly worthwhile event and we encourage everyone to play their part! There are more than 60,000,000 children in the world who are not literate and 260,000,000 who cannot attend school. Increasing awareness of these facts will benefit our students in so many ways, and our effort to support these organizations, who work tirelessly toward the goal of education for all, will be greatly appreciated.