Thursday was Read to Me Day, and hundreds of people throughout West Virginia went into classrooms to read to kids.
The Charleston Gazette’s Davin White went to Weimer Elementary in St. Albans, where Appalachian Power employees were reading to kids (as they were at numerous schools throughout the region). They read “Once Upon a Baby Brother” by local author (and West Virginia Book Festival presenter) Sarah Sullivan.
In Barboursville, Marshall University freshmen Andrew Weber and Denton Mow were among those reading, according to Bill Rosenberger of the Herald-Dispatch. So was local pastor Josh Perry, who said:
“Of all the skills that have been cultivated in my life, nothing compares to reading. … I couldn’t imagine how small the world must be to those who don’t read. It makes a person more interesting, more articulate and influential. It essentially sets them up to love learning and to be able to continue learning long after the formal training stops.
You know what’s wrong with Read to Me Day, though? It’s only one day. Kids ought to be read to every day.
To that end, several groups used the day to announce a long-term project called Read WV. The project aims to “encourage children and the adults in their lives to make reading a priority early in life and to ensure that children read every day,” according to the state Department of Education, one of the partners in the program. Joining them are Read Aloud West Virginia, the West Virginia Library Commission, the Imagination Library of West Virginia and American Electric Power (parent company of Appalachian Power).
For a start, the program offers a few online resources that adults can use to help kids learn to love reading.