HONOLULU – Students of King William C. Lunalilo Elementary School were joined today by special guests including U.S. Attorney Clare Connors, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, and over 20 other community leaders to celebrate Read Across America Day.
Read Across America is the National Education Association’s year-round initiative to emphasize the importance of instilling a love of reading and literacy in our nation’s youth. Each year, schools host programs and events to demonstrate the value of picking up a book.
This year, Lunalilo Elementary invited guest readers from the community to read with students and talk about why the skill is so important. Professionals ranging from police officers and radiologists to firefighters to military personnel and lawmakers made it clear that, no matter how different their professions might seem, they have at least one thing in common: they require good readers.
“Having people from different careers come together gives our students the idea that reading is for everyone. We all have reading in our lives,” said Lunalilo Elementary Principal Wendy Kau. “They learn that reading can be used as a foundation and, from there, they can go anywhere.”
Students were thrilled by their school’s Read Across America event, especially because it was the first to take place on campus since returning to in-person learning.
Fourth-grader Laila Vo shared, “If someone told me they don’t like to read, I would say ‘Maybe you didn’t find the perfect book for you.’ Then I would tell them that they should keep trying and not give up because today we learned that reading is an important skill for our future.”