Thousands Read During DEAR 2019

Posted On Monday October 28, 2019

In celebration of National School Library Day, over 14,000 students and staff participated in Drop Everything and Read Day (DEAR). They read in gyms, science labs, school libraries and classrooms, on Oct. 28 at 11 am, for 20 minutes.  SD73 teacher-librarians coordinated a variety of literacy events leading up to the day including pajama day, decorate-your-door for DEAR, buddy reading activities and reading challenges. A number of special guests also visited schools promoting the joy of reading. DEAR began in 2007, when Surrey teacher-librarian Bonnie Chapman shared a literacy promotion idea at a professional learning conference. She and her colleagues recognized the importance of promoting reading for pleasure, and the strong correlation between daily reading and reading achievement. In 2008, a number of teacher-librarians across the province including Karen Lindsay and Al Smith began preparations to launch a province-wide literacy promotion event. DEAR continues to grow in our district, in British Columbia and on a national level.

Check out the BC Teacher-Librarian Association website for more information about DEAR.

And enjoy this video produced by Valleyview Secondary students!

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