COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 148
October 12, 2001
INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Read Aloud to a Child Week, October 21-27, 2001

In recognition of Virginia Read Aloud to a Child Week, the Department of Education, in collaboration with the Library of Virginia, encourages all parents, teachers, and caregivers to join them in celebrating Read Aloud to a Child Week beginning October 21–27, 2001. The General Assembly has designated the last full week in October as a time to emphasize and encourage the value of reading aloud to children.

The ability to read is the foundation of literacy and is the single most important activity for building knowledge for personal success; therefore, persons in school divisions in the commonwealth are urged to set aside time to read aloud to a child. It is my hope that reading aloud to a child will provide a reading role model, and that it will help motivate all children to develop a passion for reading, a love for books, and an appreciation for lifelong learning.

The Read Aloud Virginia website can be accessed at http://www.infopowering.lib.va.us/rav. On this website you can find copies of the following documents pertaining to Read Aloud to a Child Week: celebration tip sheet, certificate, make-it take-it bookmark, sample parents’ letter, fact sheet, a pledge form, and several read aloud brochures.

Further information may be obtained from Barbara F. Jones bjones@mail.vak12ed.edu , specialist for reading and language arts at (804) 786-1997.

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