Students from across Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District’s elementary schools participated in the unique global event World Read Aloud Day on Feb. 7. Throughout the day, administrators, teachers and community members visited their classrooms to read stories aloud as a way of promoting literacy.
Among the guest readers was Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aurelia Henriquez, who read from a variety of books, including “Giraffes Can’t Dance” and “The Best Place to Read.”
“There’s always been such joy in reading to children,” Dr. Henriquez said. “It is not just about imparting knowledge, but about igniting a lifelong love for learning. When we read to children, we open up a world of imagination, curiosity and discovery. It is in those precious moments that we witness the sheer joy on their faces, as they embark on adventures, explore new ideas and connect with characters. Reading to children is a gift that keeps on giving. This experience nurtures their minds, strengthens their bond with us, and lays the foundation for a brighter future.”
In addition to Dr. Henriquez, guest readers included Deputy Superintendent Colleen Carroll, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Tina Wilson, Port Chester Middle School Co-Principal Bryant Romano, Port Chester Middle School Assistant Principals Kristin Pascuzzi and Christine Rascona, Literacy Instructional Support Specialist Heather Rinello, Director of Bilingual Education Valerie Lakestream, Supervisor of Fine and Performing Arts Katherine Sinsabaugh, Park Avenue Elementary School Principal Rosa Taylor, Director of Special Education Tatiana Memoli, as well as other individuals in leadership positions within the district, local politicians, retired teachers, police officers, community members and Board of Education trustees Chrissie Onofrio and George Ford.
Special thanks to all staff members who made World Read Aloud Day possible.
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