Students Will Read in an Arctic Wonderland
To celebrate World Read Aloud Day, a campaign established by the nonprofit LitWorld advocating literacy, librarian Mrs. Potter and other elementary staff will host a pajama reading party on February 1. The theme of the event is Cozy Up and Read!
"We are transforming the library into an Arctic wonderland," Mrs. Potter said. "Each class will get to come for a short time to read aloud in our igloos."
The event will feature special guest,Tonya Ellis, author of the Sophie Washington book series. FBCA alumni will also read aloud to the students via Skype.
More about #WorldReadAloudDay
LitWorld provides the following global literacy statistics in order to stress the importance of reading aloud to children:
- Reading aloud to children every day puts them almost a year ahead of children who do not receive daily read alouds. (Melbourne Institute of Aplied Economic and Social Research)
- 758 million adults lack basic reading and writing skills. (UNESCO)
- If all children in low-income countries left school literate, 171 million people could move out of poverty. (World Literacy Foundation)
- Poorly-literate individuals are less likely to participate in democratic processes and have fewer changes to fully exercise their civil rights. (UNESCO)
- A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five than a child born to an illiterate woman. (UNESCO)
- A literate and educated girl is three times less likely to acquire AIDS, she will earn at least 25% more income and she will produce a smaller, healthier family (UNESCO)
For more about World Read Aloud Day, visit the LitWorld website.
If you would like to volunteer to assist in library events, visit the Fort Bend Christian Academy volunteer connection page.