Community leaders drop everything and read to kids
Young readers’ jaws dropped Friday morning at Georgetown Elementary School, as part of the school’s annual literacy program, D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) Georgetown.
Students throughout the school gathered around on classroom floors and reading nooks to hear Congressman Bill Foster, state Sen. Linda Holmes, state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, Aurora Fire Chief John Lehman and other leaders from the Aurora community read some of their favorite classic stories and new selections from the school’s library.
The “distinguished readers” then talked about their jobs and the importance reading plays in their work, writing laws, fighting fires, or solving crimes.
National D.E.A.R. Day, which encourages schools, libraries and individuals around the country to spend 30 minutes reading, is held April 12, the birthday of children’s author Beverly Cleary.