Monday, March 9, 2009

DEAR Day 2009

On Friday, the Berkeley Public Education Foundation hosted the annual Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) Day celebration at every school in the district. Coinciding with Dr. Seuss's birthday, this year's celebration was fabulous: nineteen readers from the community came to Emerson to share their favorite books with students. These readers had a particular challenge because we chose to celebrate DEAR Day in our Emerson Families this year: so our visitors had to find a book that would be just as exciting for a fifth grader as a kindergartener! They were all wildly successful, as you can see from the photographs below.



Our readers included Berkeley City Councilmember Gordon Wozniak; Glenda Rubin and Devin Woolridge from Community Relations at U.C. Berkeley; Emily Davidow, Emerson parent and supervisor of the Berkeley LEARNS after-school program; BPEF Board Member Carol Olson; Terri Waller, former Emerson parent and spokeswoman for Assemblywoman Loni Hancock; several members of U.C. Berkeley's Kappa Kappa Gamma; and some of our Emerson extended families: Ms. Perenon's sisters, Ms. Gray's dad, and Ms. Parisi's fiance. Plus our own Mr. Lou and Ms. LaKisha from the Mentor program starred again this year, reading hilarious stories that kept their listeners engrossed.

Many thanks to BPEF for this marvelous event and their ongoing support. We're already looking forward to next year!

6 comments:

Mary Ann Scheuer said...

What a fun day! I love the photos you included - it makes this come alive & seem personal.

Polo said...

We read a book about cartoons. I like cartoons. It was fun seeing the different photos of the readers and students.

David said...

Eugene and I liked Zen Shorts. I enjoyed viewing the pictures on the blog.

Alex said...

I thought the book "Duck on a Bike" was extremely fascinating. I liked the reader from Cal.

Angelee said...

Our reader gave us cards to call. He works at an office. The book he read was about a storm with food coming down. I liked when the hamburgers were clouds and the chicken soup was rain come.

Jose said...

Ms Hughes read "Muscle Man". First the dad had muscles, then the baby. It was funny to see the baby with muscles because he wasn't wearing clothes.