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 Read Across America Week Celebrated at Los Angeles Unified School District (02-13-24)


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Silvia K. Martinez, 213-241-8333                          


Feb. 13, 2023


 Read Across America Week Celebrated at Los Angeles Unified School District

Los Angeles (February 13, 2023) — The Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District passed a resolution today, sponsored by Board Vice President Scott M. Schmerelson, co-sponsored by Board President Goldberg, Board Members Dr. Rocio Rivas, and Tanya Ortiz Franklin, and approved by all members.


The resolution celebrates Read Across America Week during the dates from March 2nd to March 6th, meanwhile inviting parents, teachers, and administrators to demonstrate a love for reading at their respective schools.


“Read Across America Week is more than just a celebration of books. It is also an opportunity to encourage students who don’t like to read to start reading,” said Board Vice President Scott M. Schmerelson. “We should always take the time to value literature as it can open students’ minds to differing perspectives, push their imaginations, and even teach them something new about themselves.”


“Los Angeles Unified is committed to accelerating literacy excellence for all students,” said Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho. “We encourage all of our schools, students and families to celebrate “Read Across America Week” and reaffirm the importance of literacy.”


“I fully support Dr. Rocio Rivas and Scott Schmerelson’s motion regarding Read Across America week,” said Board President Jackie Goldberg. “Since 1998, Read Across America has been fulfilling its mission to create and celebrate diverse readers all across our nation. Nurturing a love of reading is one of the greatest gifts we can give to a child.”


“I am pleased to support Read Across America Week,” said Board Member George McKenna III. “Reading is a foundational skill for being a strong writer, and is also the key to excelling at complex mathematics. I spent my classroom time as a high school math teacher, but I always look forward to sharing my love of reading with young students.”


“Reading opens up the world no matter who you are or where you live, offering new perspectives page by page,” said Board Member Dr. Rocio Rivas. “We also live in a time when book banning is making a comeback. Standing up for literature means standing up for freedom of speech, and diversity of expression.”


“I’m happy to commemorate Read Across America Week, which not only motivates students to read but also sparks a love for literature and learning,” said Board Member Nick Melvoin. “Reading is essential to success in the classroom and beyond, and I look forward to participating in Read Across America events in Board District 4.”


“I’m excited to celebrate Read Across America week with our Los Angeles Unified schools,” said Board Member Kelly Gonez. “This event is just one of our ways our schools are working to cultivate a lifelong love of reading to our students.”


“Encouraging our students, families, and employees to participate in Read Across America week promotes the lifelong love of reading,” said Board Member Tanya Ortiz Franklin. “Let’s celebrate this week and inspire each other to build a culture of literacy, imagination, and knowledge that extends beyond the classroom, shaping confident and engaging learners for the future.”


“I am proud to see the Board present a resolution that encourages our entire Los Angeles Unified community to read,” said Student Board Member Karen Ramirez. “Reading is an essential skill for academic success and supports students in reaching their full potential. Through resolutions like these, we are motivated to enjoy reading and deepen our love for this practice. I cannot wait to see my fellow students participate and continue this practice throughout their lives. Happy reading, everyone!”