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Leaders Read at Fox Run Elementary School

Eighteen local community members promote literacy

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Norwalk, CT | Added on April 11, 2014 At 04:51 PM

It's not everyday you get to hear story read to you by Mayor Harry Rilling.  

Eighteen local leaders and community educators joined students at Fox Run Elementary school for Fox Run Reads Day, an effort to keep literacy thriving. 

It's the fourth year the school has invited local leaders to read to its classrooms.  

"We've all been reading all our lives," said Fox Run Elementary School assistant principal Pat Dielman. "And so to show the children that it's fun to have a special guest in the classroom to show them how they've enjoyed reading too." 

Each reader chose a particular book of his or her liking to teach to a designated class.   

"This is the best part of my job," said Superintendent of Norwalk Public Schools Manuel Rivera. "Which is getting out and visiting schools and spending time with children and young adults in our schools talking to them, learning about their experiences in school, what they like, what they don't like, what they're learning in particular and a chance for me to convey the important message about learning and reading in particular."  

"Something unique would be to give the students this band, take a stand and then read to them 'Sneetches' and see if they can make a connection as to why I presented this band, which they'll be wearing while I read the book," said West Rocks Middle School Principal Lynne Moore.  

"I walked the mayor down the hall today and he said he loved being here because no one was asking him about potholes or any of the problems that are facing Norwalk," said Dielman. "So we have a wonderful school system and this is just evidence of the involvement that the community has with the schools."


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