Over the course of two days this winter, Avenues celebrated World Read Aloud Day! Founded by LitWorld in 2010, World Read Aloud Day has grown dramatically since its inception: this year, it was observed in over 100 countries to advocate for literacy as a human right. Across the New York campus, each division engaged in a myriad of activities and classroom exchanges to celebrate the power of reading. It was day filled with excitement and shared stories among teachers, staff and students.
In the middle grades, students decorated paper reading crowns to give as gifts to Early Learning Center and Lower Division students and paired up with younger students to read aloud to them in their library classes. Crowns were decorated with images and text from the students’ favorite books: designs ranged from A Little Prince–themed planetscapes to Harry Potter–inspired illustrations. 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English classes visited preschool, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classes to read aloud to students from books the younger students selected – in English, Chinese and Spanish!
Several upper grades students from Student Ambassadors read aloud to our 5th grade students from The Grimm Series in preparation of award-winning author Adam Gidwitz visiting Avenues the following week.
In addition, many classes across divisions welcomed guest readers from the broader Avenues faculty and staff. More than 40 volunteers across the school community came into classrooms to read aloud, some of them for multiple time slots throughout the day. The celebration marked a wonderful display of connected culture and community across our school.
We look forward to building on the success of this event and making this a yearly Avenues tradition across future campuses worldwide.
- 1st Grade
- 2nd Grade
- 6th Grade
- 7th Grade
- 8th Grade
- Early Learning Center
- Lower Division
- Middle Grades Program