Every year, the month of March is designated National Reading Month. The start of this month begins with “Read Across America Day” on March 2, a special day to call attention to the efforts of educators, parents, and others who motivate children to read. It’s also the birthday of children’s book author, Dr. Seuss who wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”. Launched in 1998 by the National Education Association, it’s an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading with the theme: Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers.
Once again, Westminster Community Charter School celebrated this special day by inviting community members to participate by reading aloud to students in Kindergarten to Fifth Grade. This year’s guest readers included: Lavar Brown, Wegmans Food Markets, Jack O’Donnell, O’Donnell & Associates, Dave Zapfel, Gerard Place, Christa Fisher, Community Action Organization of WNY, Stephanie Rivera, Buffalo Prep, Phyllis Johnson, Westminster Parent Advisory Committee, Daniel Robertson, Say Yes Buffalo and Rasheed Wyatt, Buffalo Common Council – University District.
“Read Across America is a great way for our students to learn the joy of reading and observe from others how stories relate to everyone.” Teresa Gerchman, Principal
“It's fun to have someone come in and read to us; it made me very happy. She read about a girl who was trying to read a book, but she got stuck on a word and ended up eating the whole library. It made me realize even if you struggle with reading, it is still fun.” Reginald Royal, Grade 3
“I liked having someone come in a read. Our book was about basketball, which is my second favorite sport. Having people come from outside makes it more interesting because they teach us about other things, and how I can learn about what I like from reading. It is neat to meet new people and learn about them.” Antonio Brown, Grade 4
Additionally, WGRZ News featured our school on their Most Buffalo afternoon broadcast and we are equally proud to share a short video Click Here which ran on our social media platforms.
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Westminster Community Charter School – The Heart of The Buffalo Promise Neighborhood