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2/18/2014 10:46:00 AM
Letter to the editor: Kayenta Middle School ready to read

To the editor:

The teachers and education support professionals of the Kayenta Middle School appreciate what parents and community members have done to celebrate the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America program to encourage children to pick up a book and read.

This year marks the seventeenth annual celebration of reading and Dr. Seuss's birthday! As we gear up for NEA's Read Across America Day, I would like to ask fellow community members to put aside the many hats they wear for work and play and if possible don the ultimate reading hat, the red and white striped stovepipe made famous by the Cat in the Hat, on March 3.

Be a part of this flurry (or furry) of reading excitement! Get involved in supporting children's literacy in our community and at Kayenta Middle School:

• Since this NEA supported endeavor is designed to put every child in the company of a book, take the opportunity to read and enjoy! Read to a child in your life.

• Help set a good example by reading always, even if it is a cereal box! Contact our school or and volunteer with your child to share a story with children.

• Bring children to a public library or book store in town. From story hours for toddlers to career planning for teens, the library or book store has something for everyone.

• Make sure those who are in need have plenty to read. Donate books to hospitals (or places where families wait), and shelters. Call ahead to see what is needed.

• Resolve to make March 3 the first of many days you volunteer to read at Kayenta Middle School or afterschool program. You can make a difference to future generations of readers.

NEA estimates that last year almost 45 million children and adults celebrated the joy of reading on Dr. Seuss's birthday. This year they hope to bring a nation of readers together to really drive home the message about of the importance of reading.

Here at Kayenta Middle School, I hope that every child will be reading with a caring adult. For more information about NEA's Read Across America, visit And please contact me at the phone number below to find out the details of how our classrooms will celebrate America's favorite reading event. I look forward to working with you to motivate our children to read on March 3 and every day.

David Hawley

Kayenta Middle School Principal

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