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Embracing Literacy: Read Across America in Huntington Beach City School District

Posted Date: 3/06/24 (1:10 PM)

Huntington Beach City School District (HBCSD) students, educators, and community members come together annually to celebrate literacy during the Read Across America event.


Throughout elementary schools in the district, week-long festivities take center stage, each day themed after Dr. Seuss's beloved tales. From "Reading jogs the mind," inspiring students to don athletic wear, to "Dress like your favorite book character," and "Oh the Places You’ll Go," igniting dreams of adventure, every theme champions the joy of reading.


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The festivities go beyond themed days, encompassing read-a-thon campaigns that foster healthy competition and fundraising, encouraging students to dive deeper into the realm of literature. Additionally, special guest readers were invited to classrooms to share the magic of their favorite stories with students.


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A standout event is the Seventh Annual Peterson Read Across America celebration. Peterson Elementary welcomed esteemed guest readers from the Huntington Beach Fire and Police Departments, alongside VIPs from the district office and local agencies. This event enchanted students as they were transported into stories by these esteemed guests. Read more about this joyous day in the Daily Pilot feature article “Huntington Beach leaders take time out for reading.”


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Eader Elementary also hosted a memorable "Growth Mindset Reading Night," where the school community engaged in many reading and learning activities. Attendees had the special opportunity to read to therapy dogs, fostering a unique bond between literature and companionship. This event exemplified the school's commitment to nurturing a growth mindset and creating enriching experiences centered around the joy of reading.


Dr. Cynthia Guerrero, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, said, "As we celebrate literacy events, we emphasize our district's commitment to prioritizing reading as fundamental to academic success. Our focus on literacy aligns with our goal of fostering critical thinkers and compassionate learners, preparing them for the challenges ahead."


As stories unfold, HBCSD reaffirms its dedication to nurturing a generation of readers where every word leads to new horizons. Together, let us celebrate the joy of reading and embrace the possibilities within books.