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RAAD is fundamental

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Growing up in the 70's or 80's (and beyond), a number of people are familiar with the RIF platform. As the acronym for Reading Is Fundamental, emphasis is placed on the importance of reading and building up one's literacy. The earlier this process takes place, the improved the opportunity for essential skill sets ranging from speaking, vocabulary acquisition, and creative thinking and analysis for younger learners to develop and carry on throughout their K-12 experience and beyond.

Fast forwarding to March 3rd, as a "rebirth" of RIF is taking place. Under the larger collective efforts of people such as First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, a renewed effort regarding literacy, especially for younger students, is the focus of the day. With support from the general public, the community has an opportunity to serve a key role in the improved emphasis of reading and literacy.

In Norcross, specifically at the elementary school (Norcross Elementary), professionals have the opportunity to volunteer as guest readers as part of the Read Across America Day. During the hours of 9:30am-1:30pm, guests are able to read to multiple classes, interact, and engage eager young readers (grades K-5). Be it through the pre-selected books, or classics from Dr. Seuss (or other children's based books), stressing the importance and relevance of reading and literacy can be done in a fun and enriching manner.

"We sincerely hope that you will join us in this celebration", notes Dr. Kenya Johnson, one of the elementary school's assistant principals and lead coordinator for the program.

Those who are interested in serving as guest readers are encouraged to contact Dr. Johnson by Monday, February 25th. She may be reached via phone (770-447-2626 or 770-448-2188) or by email at

With a goal of having readers to serve all 48 of their classrooms, there are multiple opportunities and needs for volunteers. March 3rd is an ideal opportunity to stimulate an interest in reading and all of the literacy and learning benefits it provides to multiple learners and readers.

It is an opportunity to get back to the fundamentals; RAAD is fundamental, and so is reading!