Students, faculty and staff at James A. Dever Elementary School in Valley Stream Union Free School District Thirteen recently celebrated World Read Aloud Day on February 5, 2020. This annual advocacy day unites people around the world by sharing their love for reading. James A. Dever’s primary reading teacher, Eileen Wallace, coordinated and hosted Skype calls with a collection of different children’s authors.
The students were able to listen to a story and even interact with these authors through the power of technology. The fifth graders received a presentation from Jen Calonita, third graders listened to Varsha Bajaj, the second grade interacted with Susan Edmund Richmond and first graders had an enlightening call with Corinne Demas. In addition to these Skype calls, all classes shared read-alouds from favorite books throughout the school day.
World Read Aloud Day is a global initiative that emphasizes the importance of reading. Participating in World Read Aloud Day is part of the Valley Stream Union Free School District Thirteen’s ongoing initiative to ensure all students develop a passion for reading and a confidence to do so aloud.