Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) students from throughout the school district celebrated Read Across America in early March with special guests who visited and read to them. The National Education Association’s Read Across America Day is a reading awareness program to encourage children to read. It takes place every March 2 to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
At Barron Park Elementary School, teachers, students, parents, and guests celebrated the 20th Anniversary with two events! Barron Park Elementary parents and employees read books to students during a pajama party at lunch time. Students enjoyed listening to stories in a variety of languages including Dutch, German, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, French, Mandarin, Italian, Chinese, and Russian.
On Friday evening, students and their families attended the schoool's Literacy Night. Parents learned about storytelling and why it is important, they had a chance to sit with their children and tell family stories, and planned how to continue storytelling at home. Parents also got to experience a writer’s workshop lesson and a lesson about how technology is used with storytelling and writing at school. Barron Park's parents participated in this activity while students were engaged in the maker's studio.
The school handed out a book to every parent participant and other door prizes included a homemade writer’s notebook, a private session in the maker’s studio for a family to make a t-shirt, and another private session to produce a 3-D printed object.
The school's parent liaison attended as well as primary language tutors and the school's District-Level English Language Advisory committee representative.