NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Jefferson Elementary School fifth-grader Leticia Rocha has always found the school’s annual “Great Read-A-Loud” event an enjoyable experience.
“It encourages you to read books that are fun or realistic,” Rocha said. “It’s interesting because it shows you people that you never met before and you get to ask them questions about why they like to read.”
This year marked the event’s 10th year as a way to help all Jefferson students improve their reading skills and also encourage the enjoyment of the skill as part of Title I funding from the federal level, according to the school.
The event gave guest readers an opportunity to read to students in their own classroom for the morning as they interacted with the class they were assigned to.
Guest participants included Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Attorney General Janet DiFiore, County Clerk Timothy Idoni, New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, New Rochelle school board members, New Rochelle city council members, a host of administrators from the City School District of New Rochelle, the College of New Rochelle and a group of executives from IBM.
New Rochelle School Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Jeffrey Korostoff said the event allows students to see a different face read to them while also giving them a chance to showcase their listening skills and knowledge.
“Not only do our students learn to read in school but it’s something adults do every day as part of their work and part of their lives,” Korostoff said.
Fifth-grader Britney Garcia liked the book selections the guest readers chose to read to their individual classes.
“They pick out good books that we want to read about,” Garcia said.