Los Angeles--February 28, 1998 -- The America Reads project at California State University Los Angeles will sponsor several reading activities at four inner-city elementary schools as part of Read Across America, a national celebration of reading, to take place on Dr. Seuss' birthday, Monday, March 2, 1998. The events include choral readings in costume, round-robin readings, and a student's interpretation of the classic story, The Three Little Pigs.
At the Accelerated Charter School in South Central Los Angeles at 3:00 p.m., three Cal State L.A. readers, dressed in Cinderella and Wizard of Oz Cowardly Lion costumes, will read their stories in English and Spanish. (116 E. Martin Luther King Blvd., Los Angeles 90011)
At Ann Street School in the William Mead Housing Projects, children will hear stories read by Cal State L.A. students and Principal Martha Figueroa at 3:00 p.m. (126 E. Bloom Street, Los Angeles 90012) At City Terrace School in East Los Angeles at 12 noon, principal Robert Cordova will read to children during the lunch break followed by a special interpretation of the Three Little Pigs dramatically portrayed by Cal State L.A. students in both English and Spanish. (4359 City Terrace Dr., Los Angeles 90063)
At 99th Street Accelerated School in South Central Los Angeles, Cal State L.A. readers, the principal, Wanda Collins, the cafeteria manager, and six teachers will read various stories from 8:30 am to 9:45 a.m., going from class to class. Several children participating in the America Reads tutorial program will receive special recognition for their improvements in front of their parents and peers. (9900 South Wadsworth, Los Angeles 90002)
"People can wring their hands about the decline of the family, the influence of television, the power of pop culture and a dozen other reasons why our children are not reading," says George Umezawa, acting director for the Center of Student Life and projector director of the America Reads program at Cal State L.A., "or they can fight back.. Our students, along with principals of these schools are 'fighting back' and we are proud to be part of this national effort."
The Cal State L.A. America Reads project, the National Education Association, the American Library Association and the International Reading Association, are calling for every child in the country to be in the company of a book the evening of March 2 to build awareness of the importance of reading. For an updated lists of events nationwide, visit the Read Across America Web Site at www.nea.org/readacross.
Â City Terrace School, 4359 City Terrace Dr. - 12 noon.
Â 99th Street Accelerated School, 9900 South Wadsworth - 8:30-9:45 a.m.
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