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Sample Letters to the Editor

Use these five sample letters to alert the community about your event.
Published: 01/21/2021

Letter 1: Encourage Participation

[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.

As we gear up for NEA’s Read Across America Day, I would like to ask fellow community members to be a part of this reading celebration! 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 2 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 Read Across America Day. 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 on NEA’s Read Across America, go to www.readacrossamerica.org.

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]

Letter 2: Lea Con La NEA

[Date]

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

Dear Editor:

On March 2, 2020, 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 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]

Letter 3: Increase Community Awareness

[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 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 March 1, but this year (2020), we will celebrate it on Monday, 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, 2020.

For more information on NEA’s Read Across America, go to www.readacrossamerica.org for resources, recommended book titles, and ideas for reading events.

Sincerely,

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

Letter 4: Engage the Community

[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, 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]

Letter 5: Encourage Participation

[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 in 1998 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 or around March 1. In 2020, we’ll be celebrating on Monday, 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.

For more information on NEA’s Read Across America, go to www.readacrossamerica.org for resources, recommended book titles, and ideas for reading events.

Sincerely,

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

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