Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!

The 3rd Annual Department of Education (DOE) Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! will be observed January 24-28. The Department’s Just Read, Florida! is continuing its theme of “Champions Read, Readers Lead,” geared toward motivating both children and adults in becoming champions and leaders of reading.
According to the DOE, the goals of Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! are to promote literacy throughout the state by raising awareness of the programs and projects offered by the DOE and its partner agencies and organizations, and most of all, to promote the enjoyment of reading for children and adults of all ages.
Events scheduled at schools throughout the district include authors’ visits, teacher read-alouds, guest readers, students reading in pajamas and student reading “buddies” in younger classes.  Schools may also be involved in a statewide contest of student-created public service announcements that celebrate and promote the importance of literacy in the state of Florida. In addition, students will participate in a Million Minute Marathon on Tuesday, January 25 by reading an additional 20 minutes beyond their regular school work in celebration of literacy. The total number of students and minutes will be submitted by participating schools to the Just Read, Florida! office and calculated for a statewide grand total.
Celebrations of reading goals met by individual schools will include school administrators kissing a pig, getting “slimed” or other similar activities.
To obtain additional information and a recommended reading list, please visit http://www.justreadflorida.com/literacyweek.asp.