Best Book Fair Ever at the CDA!
The week of March 18-22 was a whirlwind of excitement for the children at the Child Development Association! We hosted a week-long Scholastic Book Fair to celebrate the importance of reading. It was so wonderful to see parents and teachers united on a collaborative mission: the betterment of our children’s futures through the power of reading. All of the children visited the fair and completed a “wish list” of the books that interested them, with assistance from teachers, National Charity League and individual volunteers. The parents’ participation was OUTSTANDING! Even the CDA staff got caught up in the fun, buying books for their children, grandchildren, nephews, and nieces. One of our volunteers bought some books to take with her to classes when she visits to read.
The book fair was a huge success, to say the least, netting $1,593.26 in book sales and earning $1,000 in Scholastic credit for the CDA. With this credit, we will be able to put the books from teachers’ wish lists on their shelves in the classroom, as well as add more books to our resource libraries! Thanks to support from our wonderful staff and parents, we went up $100 in Scholastic credit from last year to this year. For more information on the Scholastic Book Fairs, visit http://www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/.
CDA Celebrates Georgia Reads Aloud Day
Tuesday, March 19th we joined the rest of the state in celebrating “Georgia Reads Aloud Day,” an annual event that recognizes the impact of reading on children’s lives. Early care and learning providers, parents, and the entire community are encouraged to reinforce the importance of reading by making a special effort to read to children of all ages on this day. This year, it is part of the month long initiative started by First Lady Sandra Deal called “Read Across Georgia,” which aims to increase the percentage of children reading at grade level by the completion of third grade.
The CDA participated wholeheartedly with volunteers reading in every classroom. Not only teachers and parents were reading, but also volunteers from the community and staff from the CDA administration, including the Education Director and the Executive Director! Some of our readers brought in books of their own to show to the children and some read the children’s favorite books from the classroom.
For more information on the importance of reading aloud to your children, we recommend the RIF (Reading is Fundamental) Guide.