Just walk into any APS school on Wednesday, Oct. 11 and you will hear students and Colorado elected officials talking about their favorite books. The excitement stems from "Readers Who are Leaders" activities that involve the entire community. Nearly 500 elected officials, business leaders and community members are expected to read with students at Aurora schools during October.
State Senator Suzanne Williams, State representatives Morgan Carroll, Nancy Todd, and Michael Garcia, Arapahoe Commissioner Lynn Myers and State Board Member Karen Middleton are “Readers who are Leaders," on Oct. 11. Aurora City Council members Larry Beer, Bob Fitzgerald and Ryan Frazier are among the local elected officials will also their favorite books with students.
Local businesses are also participating. Members of the Aurora Rotary Club, more than 25 realtors from Keller Williams and staff members from Frontier Airlines are reading to students.
Aurora's Mayor Ed Tauer issued a proclamation that declared October as Aurora's Read-Aloud Month and Oct. 11 as Read-Aloud Day. Tauer backed up his endorsement by reading to students at Dalton and Kenton elementary schools. "Reading is an important part of my job everyday and it is something I love to do,” Mayor Tauer said.
APS will observe Read-Aloud Month with reading activities, bookmarks and certificates for students who participate. Many teachers are working with students to create their "top ten reading lists." APS joins the Colorado Council of the International Reading Association in celebrating October as Read-Aloud Month.
For a complete schedule and for more information, please contact APS Communication Services at 303-344-8060, ext. 28015.