The Connecticut Education Foundation, along with the Connecticut Sun and iHeart Radio, today kicked off a weeklong celebration of reading that will reach all nine Hamden elementary schools.
More than 1,000 first- and second-graders are participating in the weeklong program with the opportunity to select a new, free, sports-themed book of their choice to take home, along with bookmarks, reading certificates, word searches, and a flyer for parents with tips on engaging children in reading at home.
“Reading is one of the most important building blocks of a child’s education, giving them the foundation needed to be successful in school,” says CEF President Joslyn DeLancey. “Bringing fun and play into reading and putting a brand-new book in a student’s hand encourages them to pick up books and develop reading habits that will help them throughout their life.”
The week of reading fun began at West Woods Elementary this morning. Watch the video below to see how students and teachers celebrated.