Read to ME Challenge

Dear MSAD 11 Staff,

On Tuesday First Lady Ann LePage partnered with the Department of Education to issue a challenge to read to a child for fifteen minutes. Our district is accepting the challenge. The challenge will culminate on Read Across America Day on March 2, so you have the entire month to get reading.

The Department of Education is hoping to spark interest and promote awareness about the power of reading to a child. The structure of the challenge is like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Sharing your reading life with a child is a powerful way to connect. “When we give children books, we become part of their future, part of their most cherished memories, and part of their lives.”- Anita Silvey
How to Complete the Challenge:

Read an engaging book, chapter of a novel, newspaper or magazine article, comics, nursery rhymes or poetry. (Book talks are great too!)

An example of a message is: “I completed the Read to ME Challenge. You are next! Read to a child for 15 minutes. #ReadtoME or #ReadaloudME” By using #ReadtoME or #ReadaloudME with social media, the Department of Education will be able to determine the impact of this reading challenge.

Please remember to check media release permissions before posting photos or videos of our students, and do not identify the students in the post.

If you would like more information, please visit the Read to ME Challenge site.
Please contact us with any questions.

Let's read on!
Debra Butterfield, Teacher-Librarian
RayeAnne DeSoto, REACH Coordinator

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