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Read Across America: Visiting Readers from Community; Character Day

Read Across America: Visiting Readers from Community; Character Day
Posted on 03/24/2017

The King Open School celebrated Read Across America Day by hosting local community members to come read to our students. Each classroom had a special guest read aloud to the class for 30 minutes and explained why literacy is important to them. Our guests represented a wide range of professions, and helped inspire students to both love and value reading. In addition, King Open also celebrated Character Day; in which students and staff created costumes or symbols that represented their favorite characters. Overall, Read Across America was a day filled with celebrations and smiles for all involved.

Our guests included: Cambridge Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Salim, Natalia Fernandes (Massachusetts Alliance for Portuguese Speakers), Poppy Milner (KO Grandparent, Retired Teacher), Regina Osborne (Retired King Open Assistant Principal), Deborah Mason (Deborah Mason School of Dance), Principal Darrell Williams (KO Principal), Rui Domingos (CEO of Naveo Bank), Emily Dexter (School Committee), Hannah Pickard and Ashley Malloy (New England Aquarium), Isaac Braxton (KO Head Chef), Khari Milner (Co-Director, Cambridge Agenda for Children, Former KO Student), Aida Bairos (retired KO teacher), Principal Mawakana Onifade (High School Extension Program Principal), Pamela Morris and Che Santos (School Safety Officers, Cambridge Police), and Principal Manuel Fernandez (Cambridge Street Upper School Principal). Thank you to all of the guest readers, the King Open Literacy Leadership Team, Literacy Coach Jaenine Cortazar, Librarian Jen Mason Stott, and the support of every teacher at King Open!