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Sample Letters to the Editor

Sample Letter 1

Please note that this letter is written from the viewpoint of a classroom teacher or education support professional. Please feel free to modify it for use by a school principal, parent, local education association, or any other person or group sponsoring an event in celebration of the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America.

[Today's Date]

Attn: [Education Coordinator/Editor]
[Newspaper Name]
[Address]
[City, State, ZIP Code]

Dear ________________:

The teachers and education support professionals of the [insert name] Education Association appreciate what parents and community members have done to celebrate the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America to encourage children to pick up a book and read.

And this year marks the eighteenth annual celebration of reading and Dr. Seuss's 111th birthday! As we gear up for NEA's Read Across America Day, I would like to ask fellow community members to put aside the many hats they wear for work and play and don the ultimate reading hat, the red and white striped stovepipe made famous by the Cat in the Hat, on March 2, 2015.

Be a part of this flurry (or furry) of reading excitement! Get involved in supporting children's literacy in our community:

  • Since this NEA supported endeavor is designed to put every child in the company of a book, take the opportunity to read and enjoy! Read to a child in your life.
  • Help set a good example. Contact a local preschool or Head Start program and volunteer with your child to share a story with younger children.
  • Bring children to your public library. From story hours for toddlers to career planning for teens, the library has something for everyone.
  • Make sure those who are in need have plenty to read. Donate books to hospitals and homeless shelters. Call ahead to see what is needed.
  • Resolve to make March 3 the first of many days you volunteer to read at a school, afterschool program, community center, library, or daycare facility. You can make a difference to future generations of readers.

NEA estimates that last year almost 45 million children and adults celebrated the joy of reading on Dr. Seuss's birthday. This year they hope to bring a nation of readers together to really drive home the message about of the importance of reading.

Here in [name of your community], I hope that every child will be reading with a caring adult. For more information about NEA's Read Across America, visit www.nea.org/readacross. And please contact me at the address below to find out the details of how my classroom will celebrate America's favorite reading event. I look forward to working with you to motivate our children to read on March 2 and every day.

Sincerely yours,

[your name]
[your school name]
[your address]
[your phone number]
[your e-mail address]

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Sample Letter 2

Please note that this letter is written from the viewpoint of a classroom teacher. Please feel free to modify it for use by a school principal, parent, local education association, or any other person or group sponsoring an event in celebration of the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America.

[Date]

[Name of Newspaper]
[Attn: Letters to the Editor]
[Mailing Address]
[City, State, ZIP Code]

Dear Editor:

On March 2, 2015, the teachers and education support professionals of [your school name/your association's name] want to get the word out about the importance of children's literacy. The National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America is a year-round literacy project that encourages readers, both young and old, to celebrate reading.

This year, NEA's Read Across America is a multicultural, multi-hatted affair. And in celebration of the growing diversity of America's public schools, we will continue with "Lea con La NEA" ("Read with NEA"), the Spanish bilingual program designed to reach out to the Hispanic community.

Right here in [name of town], we're getting into the reading excitement, too. [Explain in one or two sentences the activities going on in your local area, such as school read-ins, visits to libraries, book festivals, etc.]

On NEA's Read Across America Day, join in on the fun because you're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child!

Sincerely,

[your name]
[your school name]
[your address]
[your phone number]
[your e-mail address]

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Sample Letter 2 in Español

[Fecha]

[Nombre del periódico]
[Attn: Letters to the Editor]
[Dirección]
[Ciudad, Estado, Código Postal]

Estimado editor:

Este 2 de marzo, el cumpleaños del famoso escritor Dr. Seuss, la [nombre de su escuela o asociación] quiere informar el público sobre la importancia de saber leer y escribir. El proyecto Lea con NEA de la Asociación Nacional de Educación (NEA) promueve la alfabetización todo el año a través de animar los lectores jóvenes y mayores a celebrar la importancia de la lectura. Llamado "NEA's Read Across America" en inglés, esta campaña multicultural celebra la diversidad creciente de las escuelas públicas del país.

Aquí mismo en [nombre de su pueblo], estamos muy entusiasmados para leer también. [Explique en una oración las actividades ocurriendo en su área local como eventos para leer en grupo, visitas a las bibliotecas, festivales de libro, etc.].

El tema de este año invita los lectores de todas las edades a ponerse sus "gorros de lectura" y explorar el mundo diverso de los libros. ¡Lea con NEA está lleno de entusiasmo, creatividad y muchas Seuss-sorpresas!

¡Este Día de Lea con NEA, participe en la diversión porque nadie es demasiado viejo, demasiado excéntrico, o demasiado salvaje para agarrar un libro y leer con un niño!

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Sample Letter 3

Please note that this letter is written from the viewpoint of a classroom teacher. Please feel free to modify it for use by a school principal, parent, local education association, or any other person or group sponsoring an event in celebration of the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America.

 

[Today's Date]

[Attn: Education Coordinator/Editor]
[Newspaper Name]
[Address]
[City, State, ZIP Code]

Dear ________________:

From coast to coast, more than 45 million readers, both young and old, are gearing up for the nation's largest reading celebration--the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America Day.

Here in [name of your city], parents, teachers, education support professionals, students, and elected officials are doing their part to deliver the very important reading message: Kids who read, and who are read to, do better in school and help build great public schools.

Launched ten years ago as a way to get kids excited about reading, NEA's Read Across America has grown into a year-long program that culminates every year on Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2.

As a [parent/teacher/education support professional], I ask everyone to participate in this worthwhile cause. Whether it is donating books to the local library or encouraging your own children to pick up a book and read, everyone can do something on March 2, 2015.

For more information on NEA's Read Across America, go to www.nea.org/readacross and see how you can get involved in what is going on in our local community.

Sincerely,

 

[your name]
[your address]
[your phone number]
[your e-mail address]

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Sample Letter 4

Please note that this letter is written from the viewpoint of a member of the National Education Association (NEA). Please feel free to modify it for use by a school principal, parent, local education association, or any other person or group sponsoring an event in celebration of the NEA's Read Across America.

[Today's Date]

 

[Attn: Education Coordinator/Editor]
[Newspaper Name]
[Address]
[City, State, ZIP Code]

Dear ________________,

As a member of the National Education Association (NEA), I would like your help in participating in the nation's largest reading celebration on March 2--NEA's Read Across America Day.

Since its inception ten years ago, the NEA's Read Across America program, designed to get kids excited about reading, has acted as a vehicle to talk about a serious issue in a fun way: children's literacy.

And this year, more than 45 million readers, both young and old, will gear up to deliver a message: Kids who read, and who are read to, do better in school and help build great public schools. In fact, a recent reading assessment of fourth-grade students by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) found that reading for fun had a positive relationship to NAEP reading scores.

NEA's Read Across America reminds parents of the crucial role they play in their children's education. Taking time to read with a child is one of the most important lessons that parents can share with their children.

I hope you will join me on March 2 to celebrate the joy of reading!

Sincerely,

 

[your name]
[your school name and/or local education association name]
[your address]
[your phone number]
[your e-mail address]

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Sample Letter 5

Please note that this letter is written from the viewpoint of a member of the National Education Association (NEA). Please feel free to modify it for use by a school principal, parent, local education association, or any other person or group sponsoring an event in celebration of the NEA's Read Across America.

[Today's Date]

 

[Attn: Education Coordinator/Editor]
[Newspaper Name]
[Address]
[City, State, ZIP Code]

Dear ________________:

As a [teacher/education support professional] and member of the National Education Association, I work every day to encourage my students to pick up a book and read.

Essential literacy skills are taught in school, but there are many ways that parents, a child's first and most influential teachers, can start children out on the road to reading success and help them enjoy the trip.

On NEA's Read Across America Day, which will fall this year on Monday, March 2, I want to remind parents of the crucial role they play in their children's education because it's a fact: Children who read frequently are better readers and better students.

For more information on this worthwhile program and what is happening in our local area, visit online at www.nea.org/readacross and get into the reading excitement!

Sincerely,

 

[your name]
[your school name and/or local education association name]
[your address]
[your phone number]
[your e-mail address]


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