On Friday, March 02, 2018, members of the Crusader Athletic Leadership Council participated in the Clark School District’s “Read Across America Day” at the Clark Pre-School. C.A.L.C. members went into the four classrooms and read multiple children’s books to each classroom. In addition, the teachers had a multitude of activities relating to Dr. Seuss and reading that incorporated C.A.L.C. members and pre-school students alike. C.A.L.C. members xxx, xxx, and xxxi all took turns reading and discussing various children’s books with the students.
Dr. Suess’s birthday kicks off a month of reading across the nation to raise awareness about the importance of children’s literacy. Special guest readers will be visiting the preschool classrooms throughout March. Research shows that early literacy plays a key role in the enabling of learning experiences that are linked with academic achievement, reduced grade retention, higher graduation rates, and enhances productivity in adult life.
Gus Kalikas, Athletic Director at Arthur L. Johnson High School, had this to say about the event. “The C.A.L.C. was thrilled to be able to assist with the Clark School District’s Read Across America events at the Clark Pre-School. It was fun watching the High School Student Athletes as they interacted with the young children, and I think both groups not only enjoyed the experience, but learned a lot while doing it.”