World Read Aloud Day - the twelfth annual celebration of the power of reading out loud - was held this year on Wednesday, February 3. MPCS preschool and lower school students enjoyed participating in this year’s event, as staff members from across the campus visited classrooms to share stories. MPCS faculty and staff from all departments chose grade-level appropriate books and read to the preschool and grades K-5 lower school classes throughout the day.
Head of the Lower School Dr. Deborah Davis said, “Our lower school students were more than excited to have guests from across campus come read to them as part of World Read Aloud Day. We promote strong reading skills with our students every day. This was our first year to participate – certainly not our last,” said Dr. Davis. “Our students, teachers, and staff had a wonderful day sharing stories!”
The annual World Read Aloud Day is celebrated by millions around the world. The aim is to encourage literacy and community as adults and children share in the power of reading aloud. Last year, World Read Aloud Day was celebrated by millions of people in over 170 countries.
Assistant Head of the Lower School Katy Rogers shared the many benefits of reading: “Reading helps children develop vocabulary, comprehension, writing, critical thinking, and analytical skills. Good literature can also help students develop empathy for others and broaden their experiences,” she said. “Participating in World Read Aloud Day gave us the opportunity to shine a light on the importance of childhood literacy by uniting with others around the world in encouraging a love of stories and reading in our students, while promoting community across our campus and the greater community outside of our walls. Mount Paran Christian School faculty and staff eloquently shared carefully-chosen literature that ignited excitement in our students and reinvigorated the staff as they engaged with students at different levels. Many commented that it was the “highlight of their day!”
The inaugural World Read Aloud Day at the MPCS lower school grew out of an extension of other literary efforts hosted by the school, including virtual bedtime mystery readers last summer and regular, virtual mystery readers this school year.