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Community Leaders Join Baldwin Park Unified Schools for Read Across America

BALDWIN PARK – Community leaders joined students at Baldwin Park Unified schools for reading adventures during the annual Read Across America celebration, held Feb. 27 to March 3.

Parent volunteers Martha Cardenas and Eloisa Jimenez posed as Thing 1 and Thing 2 from “The Cat in the Hat” to greet guest readers at Santa Fe Elementary.

Those invited were asked to bring a personally significant childhood book to share with a classroom of their choice.

“It’s fantastic seeing community leaders join our students for Read Across America,” Superintendent Froilan N. Mendoza said. “Read Across America creates an opportunity to bring people together to emphasize the importance of literacy to student success.”

A total of 18 readers participated in Santa Fe’s Read-in event, including Baldwin Park Unified staff, former students, former employees, parents and community members. Baldwin Park Unified police dispatcher Issac Salazar read to a class of sixth-graders.

At Kenmore Elementary School, eager kindergarteners donned hats to honor the Cat in the Hat as Baldwin Park police Officer Martin Herrera read them “Green Eggs and Ham.” A former Kenmore student, Herrera is part of the canine unit in Baldwin Park. He was one of five officers to take part.

Read Across America was launched in 1998 by the National Education Association. The group chose the birthday of Dr. Seuss – March 2. Schools built a week to a month of activities around the day.

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BPUSD_READ_1: Santa Fe Elementary School parent volunteers Martha Cardenas and Eloisa Jimenez greet guests for Dr. Seuss festivities in a Thing 1 and Thing 2 cutout for Read Across America.

BPUSD_READ_2: Baldwin Park Unified police dispatcher Issac Salazar reads “Counting on Frank” to a group of sixth-graders at Santa Fe Elementary for the school’s Read Across America celebration.

BPUSD_READ_3: Baldwin Park police Officer Martin Herrera reads “Green Eggs and Ham” to kindergartners at Kenmore Elementary School as part of Baldwin Park Unified’s Read Across America celebration of literacy.