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February 17, 2015

Open a World Of Possible: A Call To Action

By Rhonda Stewart
Grades 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    Last November, Scholastic posted a live webcast featuring Usher discussing the importance of reading and how it can “Open a World of Possible." If you didn’t have the opportunity to catch the webcast, you still have a chance to do so. He is amazing with his young audience.

    Fast-forward to 2015, where the torch has been passed to all of us to become involved to continue the work of the theme, “Open a World of Possible." There is a call to action to spread the word of the power of reading to our elected officials. I have seen many of my students grow as readers simply because of the greater access to books in our school and classroom libraries. But in this climate of testing, the pleasure of a good book seems to be getting lost. It’s time to bring the joy of reading back — simple, pure reading. The kind of reading where you can get cozy with a book and have that “can’t-wait-until-I-see-my-friends-to-discuss-the-book" moment.

    Scholastic has made it really easy for all of us to get involved, speak up, and champion the cause of the importance of reading. Just follow these easy steps:

    1. Go to Scholastic's Usher Webcast page and enter your zip code to see a list of your elected officials. Use the scroll bar at the right of your screen to see all the names and images. You don't have to do anything with this information as it will now be stored in the email form.

     

    2. Use your back arrow to return to the letter form screen. Complete the information with your name, city, state, and zip code and submit.

     

     

    3. Express your opinion and your concerns in the email form text field. Notice that the names of your representatives appear on the right side with check marks by their names. Uncheck any representative you do not wish to receive your email (if any) and send.

     
     

    As my class and I prepare for the PARCC, this will be a great time to reflect on the power of reading while expressing our concerns to our elected officials. Join us as we reach out to those who represent us. A voice is heard when a vote is cast. A voice is also heard through the power of writing. One voice can start a movement and can affect change. Be that voice!

     

     

    Last November, Scholastic posted a live webcast featuring Usher discussing the importance of reading and how it can “Open a World of Possible." If you didn’t have the opportunity to catch the webcast, you still have a chance to do so. He is amazing with his young audience.

    Fast-forward to 2015, where the torch has been passed to all of us to become involved to continue the work of the theme, “Open a World of Possible." There is a call to action to spread the word of the power of reading to our elected officials. I have seen many of my students grow as readers simply because of the greater access to books in our school and classroom libraries. But in this climate of testing, the pleasure of a good book seems to be getting lost. It’s time to bring the joy of reading back — simple, pure reading. The kind of reading where you can get cozy with a book and have that “can’t-wait-until-I-see-my-friends-to-discuss-the-book" moment.

    Scholastic has made it really easy for all of us to get involved, speak up, and champion the cause of the importance of reading. Just follow these easy steps:

    1. Go to Scholastic's Usher Webcast page and enter your zip code to see a list of your elected officials. Use the scroll bar at the right of your screen to see all the names and images. You don't have to do anything with this information as it will now be stored in the email form.

     

    2. Use your back arrow to return to the letter form screen. Complete the information with your name, city, state, and zip code and submit.

     

     

    3. Express your opinion and your concerns in the email form text field. Notice that the names of your representatives appear on the right side with check marks by their names. Uncheck any representative you do not wish to receive your email (if any) and send.

     
     

    As my class and I prepare for the PARCC, this will be a great time to reflect on the power of reading while expressing our concerns to our elected officials. Join us as we reach out to those who represent us. A voice is heard when a vote is cast. A voice is also heard through the power of writing. One voice can start a movement and can affect change. Be that voice!

     

     
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