South Whittier School District held their second annual Read Around South Whittier event on Thursday, March 5, at all six elementary schools throughout the district to celebrate the joys of reading.
South Whittier modeled this event after the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day that was held on March 2. Read Across America, which is also known as Dr. Seuss Day, is a national observance day that is held to encourage children to read more books and to spark a love for reading.
For Read Around South Whittier the district asked professionals throughout the community from various backgrounds and organizations to come and inspire students to read. The district received great support and students from TK all the way through sixth grade were able to enjoy reading with a variety of community members.
Students got to read with South Whittier School District’s Superintendent, Dr. Gonzales, South Whittier’s Associate Superintendent of Educational Services, Martha Mestanza-Rojas, and board members, Jan Baird and Elias Alvarado, from the district. Other professionals included police officers, firefighters, and many community and business members.
Many professionals read books that inspired them growing up or that were in line with their career. One guest reader that read to a first grade class at Los Altos Elementary read her favorite book from when she was in first grade called “Just Shopping with Mom” by Mercer Mayer. Many guests also spoke with students about their careers, what they do, and the education they needed to get there.