Read Across America Day Promotes Reading To Youngsters

By On March 3, 2016

Members of the Burbank community visited several Burbank Unified School District elementary schools and local preschools on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 1 and 2, as part of the 16th annual National Read Across America Day.

The event, created by the National Education Association, honors beloved author Dr. Seuss on his birthday, March 2, and encourages reading.

TSA Agent Stu Megaw  read to a class at Bret Harte.  (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

TSA Agent Stu Megaw read to a class at Bret Harte. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Eleven employees from Burbank Bob Hope Airport went to Bret Harte Elementary School Wednesday morning to read to children in grades from Kindergarten through fifth.

“We have sent readers to Bret Harte since 2006,” explained Lucy Berghdorf, Director of Public Affairs and Communications for the airport.

Andrell Shade (American Airlines), Ron Reynolds (Million Air), Narbeh Hartoonian (TSA), Jose Amezcua (TSA), Stu Megaw (TSA), Cynthia Padnuk (TSA), Rosa Moncoda (Standard Parking), Sal Martinez (Standard Parking), Jodi Litchfield (Southwest Airlines), Armen Avoyan (Bob Hope Airport) and Nataly Rivera (Bob Hope Airport) all visited classrooms to read.

Station Manager For American Airlines  Andrell Shade read at Bret Harte.  (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Station Manager For American Airlines Andrell Shade read at Bret Harte. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

More than 30 readers including City officials, firefighters, local business owners, police officers and BUSD officials stopped by William McKinley Elementary School to read Wednesday morning as well, said McKinley Principal Liz Costella.

Well-known children’s book author David Shannon visited Pre-Kinder, Transitional Kinder and Kindergarten students at George Washington Elementary School auditorium on Tuesday for a special reading of his popular No, David! books, according to Washington Principal Brandi Young.

 (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

City of Burbank firefighters also read from their favorite children’s books to preschool students at the YMCA Child Development Center.

More celebrations of National Read Across America Day will be held throughout the remainder of the week at Burbank schools.

Burbank Fire Fighter Justin Chin read during Read Across America at The Burbank YMCA.  (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire Fighter Justin Chin read during Read Across America at The Burbank YMCA. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)