The 1,837 preschool students in the Cherry Creek School District are on an epic reading adventure. With the help of their teachers, parents, other family members and friends, the youngsters are attempting to read a total of 40,000 books in one week.
It’s all part of the 2nd Annual Reading Together Readathon, taking place in Cherry Creek School District preschools between Feb. 26 and March 5.
“Reading open whole new worlds for children,” said Stacey Peoples, director of Early Childhood Education for Cherry Creek Schools. “It expands vocabulary and language skills, supports comprehension, helps build relationships, develops understanding of community, family and our world, and begins a whole journey into the love of books and reading.”
The Reading Together Readathon coincides with the 21th Annual Read Across America Day, a nationwide celebration of reading that takes place on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. He wrote dozens of children’s books, including ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’ which are among the most popular children’s books of all time.
As part of the Reading Together Readathon, preschool families are also collecting pledges from relatives and friends for every book their preschooler reads. The money raised will help provide books, arts and crafts supplies and educational toys for preschool classrooms across the district. The funds will also help provide scholarships for field trips.
Cherry Creek Schools offers high quality, affordable preschool at 23 locations across the district. The program features an extremely low staff-to-student ratio and a comprehensive, scientifically-based, early childhood curriculum. The program helps youngsters develop the academic and social skills they need for kindergarten and beyond. For more information about the preschool program, visit the Cherry Creek Early Childhood Education website at http://earlychildhood.cherrycreekschools.org