Literacy Week Day 5–Just the Beginning
Note: While One Book 4 Colorado will continue through May 20, Colorado Literacy Week, part of the Colorado Reads 2013 – The Early Literacy Initiative, ended May 10.
While Friday was the last day of Colorado Literacy Week 2013, it is clear that Colorado Reads 2013 – The Early Literacy Initiative is beginning to take hold in communities. Together we’re seeing gains in early literacy and improvements to the quality of early childhood education programs.
Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia share their gratitude with the hundreds of educators, parents and community leaders who dedicate much of their lives to teaching kids and who participated in early literacy week. Thousands more in the communities we visited and from around the state engaged with us through conversations to help us better understand the success communities are having and what more must be done.
“In just a short time we have seen the awareness of the need for early literacy success expand exponentially,” said Garcia. “The work now must continue on helping communities take action and working to bring more time and energy to our literacy efforts.”
Friday at Dillon Valley Elementary School success was practically ringing through the halls. Dillon Valley Elementary is a dual language school – and provides all classroom instruction for children in both English and Spanish. In front of an all-school assembly, Garcia listened to lessons read in both languages from the same student.
This school does all of Colorado proud and is a model of how a diverse group can come together for literacy success,… Los estudiantes de Dillon Valley demostraron gran talento y habilidad bilingüe.
Following a home-made lunch Garcia made his way to the Avon Public Library where a group of preschool children gathered to hear Duck on a Bike in Spanish and English. We learned there, however, that an oink is an oink in any language as the kids reveled in making animal sounds along with Garcia.
A group of highly motivated educators, librarians, leaders and literacy experts met with Garcia following the reading to discuss what the community does now to create literacy success and what the state can do to better support mountain communities.
“What we find across the state is incredible inspiration and dedication in every corner of Colorado,” said Garcia. “Literacy Week 2013 celebrates our success and generates new ideas for what we can do going forward. We truly have just begun and I am grateful to everyone who is committed to helping us create a literate and healthy future for our state.”