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Belmont Hills celebrates the power of literacy at "World Read Aloud Day"
Belmont Hills celebrates the power of literacy at "World Read Aloud Day"

Belmont Hills Elementary School students and staff recently joined in celebrating the 10th Annual "World Read Aloud Day" - a global movement promoting literacy and the power of reading aloud in communities around the world.

LitWorld founded World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) in 2010 because they believe reading is powerful. Studies show that individuals who frequently read are better able to understand other people, empathize with them and see the world from their perspective. Reading aloud not only helps develop literacy skills like word mastery and grammatical understanding, but it also builds community and connects us to each other. On World Read Aloud Day, people all around the globe read aloud and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right.

This year, the entire Belmont Hills' school community - students, staff, community members and District administrators - spent 30 minutes in the morning reading aloud together. The readings were chosen based on promoting the Seven Strengths of "Super Readers" - Belonging, Curiosity, Friendship, Kindness, Confidence, Courage and Hope. Staff and students received bookmarks created for World Read Aloud Day along with stickers that asked the important question: "Have you read aloud to someone today?"

Among the guest readers at Belmont Hills throughout the day were Elementary Technology Specialist Jen Goldberg, Director of School & Community Relations Amy Buckman, Principal Robin Klaiber, Superintendent Copeland, School Board Member Debra Finger, Counselor Rebecca Wagner, Director of Health Services Terry Quinlan and many more. To view a slideshow of pictures from World Read Aloud Day, click on the image below!