The Wilton Education Foundation (WEF), with the generous support of the Village Market, is proud to once again bring the community and school population together for the 19th Annual Read Aloud Day at Miller-Driscoll School. On Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 9:30 a.m., local leaders from Wilton’s business community, town government, volunteer organizations and the community-at-large will come together to promote literacy, reading aloud to Wilton’s youngest citizens to emphasize and demonstrate the importance of reading to children.
Since its inception, the annual program has grown in popularity with children, teachers and volunteer readers. One grade-appropriate book is selected by the school librarians for volunteers to read in each kindergarten through second grade classroom. The designated books are available to preview at the Wilton Library prior to Read Aloud Day. Using words, illustrations, inflection and cadence, storytellers bring the audience along on a fictional journey. At the end of the book, the children engage in a lively discussion and learn more about the reader’s role in the Town of Wilton. With the generosity and support of Village Market, the book is then donated to the classroom.
“We take great delight in sponsoring Read Aloud Day each year, because it sends students the message that reading is not only important, but fun!” said Nancy Dolnier, vice president and general manager of the Village Market. “It is, without question, one of our very favorite community events. It brings us immense pleasure to purchase the books for members of the community to read to each of the K-2 classrooms.”
The current roster includes Wilton’s first selectman Bill Brennan, state senator Toni Boucher, state representative Gail Lavielle, Board of Education chairman Bruce Likly and Sandy Dennies, Town of Wilton CFO. Members of the Wilton Police Department and the Wilton Library will also participate in this literacy event.
“This event illustrates just how actively our community participates in education,” said WEF’s 2013 Read Aloud Day event chair, teacher Marybeth Gioffre Nisco. “We have received an overwhelming response this year from a wide cross-section of Wilton. Many of our volunteers have previously participated in Read Aloud Day and continue to support this literacy initiative every year. As a parent and educator, I am honored to participate in WEF organizing this year’s Read Aloud Day. As a Wilton resident, I am proud to live in our town that supports educational initiatives that have a positive impact on our children.”
About the Wilton Education Foundation
The Wilton Education Foundation is dedicated to enriching the learning experience for Wilton students by providing ongoing professional development for teachers, the latest in innovative and interactive teaching tools, support for music and the arts, and “beyond the classroom” experiences to provide our children with the confidence and skills to succeed in college and beyond. For more information, please visit www.WiltonEducationFoundation.org.
Ed. Note: GOOD Morning Wilton editor Heather Borden Herve is on the board of WEF.