On Friday, May 2, 2014, Zavala Elementary School in East Austin will hold its annual Reading Rally Day, to honor students who have done well in several different categories of reading. During the morning, adults come to read to Zavala classes, to talk about and demonstrate the power of reading.
We’d like to invite you to be one of what we call Cheer Readers. The reading is in half-hour slots, with beginning times from 8:30 through 11:30 a.m. (ending at noon).
You may read something of your choice, or there will be age-appropriate books available to choose from.
In the early afternoon, there is a parade around the block the school is on to treat like rock or football stars those kids who have made significant progress in reading this school year. There’ll be the UT band, a police motorcycle escort, and others to shepherd the kids around the block to a rally at an outdoor stage.
The Zavala teachers have found that this combination of outside adults reading to students, and the honoring of kids for their progress in improving their reading skills, is powerful in helping underline the vital importance of reading.