Oak Cliff - Each year, National Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2nd. The annual event is part of Read Across America, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association to encourage reading in children at an early age.
To celebrate the love of reading, Life School and Region 10 Education Service Center (ESC) hosted several Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders (DCC) and other special guests to read to the elementary students of Life School Oak Cliff Elementary (LSOCE).
This year, due to COVID protocols, the event was hosted virtually. Ten DCC, along with volunteers from Life School and Region 10 ESC, read books to students in grades K-6 at LSOCE via ZOOM and Google Classroom. Students, some of whom were on campus and others who were remote learning from home, had the opportunity to follow along with the book and also engage in conversation with the local celebrity readers by asking questions.
Of the experience, one DCC, Gina, says, “I grew up with a really deep love for learning…and it’s so special to me that I get to pass that down to kids in school today...I’m hoping that they’ll pick up... books and really dive into a good read!”
This event, which has been hosted jointly by Life School and Region 10 ESC for multiple years, is fundamental in helping students develop a love of reading at an early age.
“It is vital, critically important, that we work together to close the literacy gap,” says Karen Barnes, Assistant Director of Leadership and Professional Development for Region 10 ESC. “An event like National Read Across America Day gives us the opportunity to really hone in on the passion and the love for reading.”
Closing the Literacy Gap is one of the main strategic goals on which Life School is focused. Across the district, Life School is working to ensure that every student is reading on grade level by the third grade, as research shows this is an essential benchmark for student success.
“We are so grateful to be able to partner with Region 10 ESC and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders year after year. Their energy and enthusiasm are contagious for our students,” notes LSOCE Principal Anita Sanders. “Having guest readers helps the students to engage at another level and understand that reading is not only important but also fun!”
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About Life School
Life School opened as an open-enrollment public charter school in 1998 and has schools in Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Dallas, Lancaster, Oak Cliff, Red Oak, and Waxahachie. The mission of Life School is to develop leaders with life skills through strong academics, character training, and partnerships with parents and the community.
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