The Cherokee County School District is kicking off its month-long celebration of the importance of literacy!
Every March, CCSD celebrates literacy beginning with Read Across America Day, a nationwide reading event that coincides with renowned children’s book author and illustrator Dr. Seuss’s March 2 birthday. CCSD’s Office of Curriculum & Instruction coordinates the campaign, which supports the statewide Get Georgia Reading initiative and CCSD’s continued focus on improving literacy.
This year’s theme for the month is “Reading: A Sport for All Seasons” and its hashtag is #ReadingASport4All. Special activities planned at schools include guest readers, sports themed dress-up days and screening “hype” videos made by CCSD high school students to encourage students in their zone’s elementary and middle schools to read more. You can view the student’s videos, as well as a children’s book written by Sequoyah High School’s Career Pathway teaching as a profession students, online here.
In addition to the hype videos, Woodstock High School’s Career Pathway audio video technology and film program students made a video to promote the CCSD reading campaign. It features Cherokee County School Board member Rick Steiner, a former college and professional wrestler, and is online here.
“We value the importance and joy of reading every day, and join our country in celebrating Read Across America and literacy every March,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We’re grateful for our outstanding teachers and our families’ partnership to help every student become the best reader and the best learner possible. Reading is the foundation for learning, and through this annual celebration we hope to remind students, as Dr. Seuss famously said: ‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.’”
Families are encouraged to celebrate at home by participating in reading activities together. The “scorecard” pictured above was made by Creekview High School's Career Pathway teaching as a profession students to offer activity ideas to teachers and also is a resource families can use at home. The following additional resources also are available to help families encourage literacy:
Storyline Online at https://storylineonline.net/: This award-winning children’s literacy website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
Bright by Text at https://brightbytext.org/: For children birth through age 8. Families will receive free activities, games, and resources right to their cell phones. Messages are targeted to your child’s age and include information on child development, language and early literacy, health and safety, behavioral tips, and more. Bright by Text is free to sign up for, but message and data rates may apply. Text GPB to 274448 to sign up or fill out the form online.
Get Georgia Reading at https://getgeorgiareading.org/getting-ready-guides/: Parents can download PDFs full of simple, fun activities to help build skills for kindergarten through third grade.