National Young Readers Week is an annual event that was co-founded in 1989 by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To make this week special, many schools recruit local “celebrities” to read aloud a favorite children’s book to classrooms. This year Liberty Park Elementary School Principal Joseph Schneider is the role model that on November 14 will be found reading all day in the school’s courtyard from the ringing of the first bell until the last bell rings for the day as part of the Read Your Heart Out Principal Challenge.
The Read Your Heart Out Principal Challenge is important because children learn to enjoy reading by example. When they see adults whom they admire and look up to reading, students will be more likely to read for enjoyment as well. Meeting people from a variety of occupational fields helps to reinforce the fact that reading plays an important role in any career a person chooses.
Mr. Schneider said the effort will take a bit of endurance, but the endeavor is worth it. “The District is rolling out the Literacy initiative and frankly, reading all day isn’t that big a deal when you consider the positive impact of literacy on the lifetime of our children,” he stated. “Plus, I know our students and staff will be my biggest cheerleaders.”
One lucky elementary school principal will win 101 copies for their library of the eighth book in the Wimpy Kid series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck which releases November 5. Author Jeff Kinney will personally autograph one of the books for the principal who reads their heart out. The annual event was co-founded by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. launched by Pizza Hut
In 1985 BOOK IT! Was launched by Pizza Hut and Is now the longest-running corporate-supported reading incentive program in the country.
REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office - Oct. 2013