Thu, 12 Oct, 2017
Schools around the District came together from October 2 to 6 to share smiles and the love of reading for READ IN Week’s 28th year. Media personalities, politicians, athletes, parents, District staff and community members all took time out of their day to read their favourite stories to children in our schools.
Notable moments include Mayor Don Iveson and former councillor Michael Phair reading to Phair’s namesake school, Michael Phair School, which opened in September 2017. Members of the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Oil Kings, Edmonton Eskimos and FC Edmonton also shared their local team pride and stories with students. Schools also celebrated READ IN week locally, with book character costume days, scavenger hunts, book fairs and swaps, and buddy reading between students of all grades.
This year’s theme, “I am a READER, I read for ME” was all about cultivating a love of reading and creating passionate and engaged readers. Through the active participation of community members in schools around the city, positive reading identities were sparked and reaffirmed.
READ IN Week began in 1990 after UNESCO declared it The Year of Literacy. Historically, the event has successfully promoted the school as an important place for the development of lifelong literacy. It runs the first week of October every year in several Edmonton area school districts.