Picking up just one book daily has a far-reaching impact on youth.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
By Ellen J. Berlin This week's guest columnist is Ellen J. Berlin, the Director of Finance and Administration for the national school readiness organization Reach Out and Read. She and her son (who is about to enter kindergarten) live in Needham. There never seems like enough hours to get it all done. Many of us run around—from home to preschool to work to the market, etc.—and focus on getting everything we need to get done accomplished by the end of the day. Despite our busy schedules, it’s critical that we make time daily to read aloud to our children. Did you know that reading aloud to young children is the single most effective thing parents can do to help prepare their children to succeed in school? Unfortunately, fewer than half of …
Students will participate in read-a-thon this summer to raise money to build a library in southeast Asia.
For the second time in three years, the John Eliot School will be getting involved with Room to Readan organization that strives to improve literacy and gender equality in education in developing countries—through a read-a-thon. Through her friendship with Room to Read’s Boston Chapter leader Wendy McAllister, Principal Suzanne Wilcox invited a speaker from the organization, Kall Kann, director of Room to Read’s Cambodia office, to speak with Eliot School students on Friday, May 13. Arriving to the event with members from Room to Read’s New York and San Francisco offices, Kall took center stage a little after 9:00 a.m. after Wilcox and a small group of students led a school-wide sing-a-long for the assembly. Kall talked a lot about his …