All Aboard: Reading Bus Tour Rolls into Schools to Celebrate Literacy

February 19, 2019

The Connecticut Education Foundation's (CEF) second annual Read Across America Reading Bus Tour hits the road in eastern Connecticut for five days beginning on February 25. CEF is hosting the week-long literacy event, to bring the joy of reading to students and help create lifelong successful readers. This year, Big Y World Class Markets, iHeartRadio, and the National Education Association have joined in to provide a variety of hands-on activities, book bags, school supplies, and free books to more than 1,000 fourth-grade students in Griswold, Groton, Killingly, Norwich, Plainfield, and Voluntown.

The CEF Reading Bus Tour Schedule

Day 1: Monday, February 25, the CEF Reading Bus Tour kicks off the weeklong reading celebration in Norwich. Beginning at 9:00 a.m., special guest readers will read Scaredy Squirrel, by Melanie Watt, to Moriarty Magnet Elementary School's third-and fourth-grade students. The Cat in the Hat, the Lorax, and other book characters will make a surprise appearance.

Moriarty Environmental Sciences Magnet School
20 Lawler Lane
Norwich, CT
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Day 2: Tuesday, February 26, the CEF Reading Bus Tour rolls into Griswold in the morning and Voluntown in the afternoon. From 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., students at Griswold Elementary School will hear the book Nerdy Birdy Tweets, by Aaron Reynolds.

The second stop on Tuesday is at Voluntown Elementary School. Beginning at 1:30 p.m., guest readers will read The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson. The theme for the event is kindness, and the free books all discuss the theme of kindheartedness and inclusion.

Griswold Elementary School
303 Slater Avenue
Griswold, CT
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Voluntown Elementary School
195 Main Street
Voluntown, CT
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Day 3: Wednesday, February 27, the CEF Reading Bus Tour rolls into Killingly Memorial School, where guest readers will read the Dr. Seuss classic Oh, The Places You'll Go. The theme for the event is "being open to great possibilities."

Killingly Memorial School
339 Main Street
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Day 4: Thursday, February 28, students at Mary Morrison and Claude Chester Elementary Schools in Groton will welcome the CEF Reading Bus Tour. Beginning at 10 a.m., students at Mary Morrison will hear the story The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson. In the afternoon, the bus rolls into Claude Chester Elementary, where students will hear Junkyard Wonders, by Patricia Polacco.

Mary Morrison Elementary School
154 Tollgate Road
Groton, CT
10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Claude Chester Elementary School
1 Harry Day Drive
Groton, CT
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Day 5: Friday, March 1, after covering more than 100 miles and five eastern Connecticut towns, the CEF Reading Bus Tour will make its final stop in Plainfield at 8:30 a.m. Students at Plainfield Memorial School will celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with special events and crafts. The theme for the event is "travel the world with reading," and guest readers will read the book The Korean Cinderella, by Shirley Climo.

Plainfield Memorial School
95 Canterbury Road
Plainfield, CT
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

CEF is working with the National Education Association, Big Y World Class Markets and iHeartRadio to promote the Reading Bus Tour highlighting the importance of reading. The Plainfield Public School System, which owns the bus, has generously provided it for the weeklong event.

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