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Read Across America 2023

Read Across America Day seeks to inspire readers about the wonders of reading. An estimated 45 million Americans are functionally illiterate, meaning they cannot read above a fifth grade level. Read Across America seeks to destigmatize this issue and inspire children to find the beauty and joy in the pleasure of reading. Evidence shows that children learn 4,000 to 12,000 new words annually if they read regularly. Reading also boosts memory skills and reduces stress, meaning that many skills can be targeted just by picking up a book with your kids. Good literacy skills are linked with children accessing the entire curriculum, which benefits their learning across the board.  

Dr. Katie Smith, director of exceptional education, reads to Brittany Hall’s 4- and 5-year-old early childhood special education preschool class at David Kaechele Elementary School. Read Across America Day was March 2.

Dr. Lesley Hughes, chief learning officer reads to Crystal Celentano, early childhood students at Seven Pines elementary school.