From March 2-6 community organizations and preschools will be celebrating the joys of reading and the importance of literacy with Read Across America Week. The goal of this week is to inspire and motivate children to become lifelong readers and learners. Reading is an essential skill that provides numerous benefits, including improving vocabulary, enhancing creativity, and fostering critical thinking skills.
Some of the celebrations around town included guest readers, interactive storytime sessions, book discussions, and book drives.
Better Basics, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated every day to improving children’s literacy in vulnerable communities throughout central Alabama. Visit their website to see how you can help by organizing a book drive, volunteering to read, or donating.
In honor of Read Across America Day, the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham hosted local leaders reading to preschoolers. Guest readers included the Mayor of Birmingham, Randall Woodfin, Jefferson County Sheriff, Mark Pettway, and President Pro Tem of the Birmingham City Council, Crystal Smitherman.
Through its Kiwanis Reads initiative, the Kiwanis Club offers a unique opportunity for children to acquire books and foster their love for reading. With the program Kiwanians volunteer to read books to 400 local preschool students twice a year. Following the reading session, each child is presented with a copy of the book along with a link to a recording of a Kiwanian reading the book.
Childcare Resources is committed to promoting early education opportunities for children, offering programs and services essential for their overall development and well-being. Childcare Resources’ kicked off Read Across America week with a special “Drop Everything and READ!” them at its St. Vincent’s Head Start Program.
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