I put D.E.A.R. in all capital letters on purpose to get your attention. This letter is about National Drop Everything and Read Day. D.E.A.R. stands for Drop Everything and Read—get it?
I got it ever since I was eight and we started having D.E.A.R. time at my school. D.E.A.R. is a lot of fun and because I know so much about it, librarians (Association for Library Service to Children), teachers (the National Education Association), parents (Parent Teacher Association), journalists (The Newspaper Association of America Foundation), some people who make books (HarperCollins Children’s Books), and some people who give books (First Book) have asked me—Ramona Geraldine Quimby—to be in charge of telling everyone about National Drop Everything and Read Day on April 12.
April 12 will be a busy day for me since that it also Beverly Cleary’s birthday, but I always can find time to read. I am going to remind everyone in my family that we should Drop Everything and Read on April 12. We can do it right at home or to make the day more special, maybe go to the library or a bookstore.
I hope that you, D.E.A.R. friend, will be reading too. Everybody can do it! All you need is a book, your family and 30 minutes together.
I can look at the sky. They all have clouds. The air goes around me. I hear the wind. I listen for sounds of water music. The water sways left to right. As the wind pushes the river. The sound of the clouds is called “the sound of nature”.
This is a poem by Zion Wade. He is in Grade 2 in Ms. Shibani Banerjee’s class at the P.S. 373R site located at Petrides.
Dial-A-Teacher is a homework helping service. It offers parents and students free help over the telephone if they run into a problem while doing daily homework assignments. Currently, the staff of 49 highly-skilled teachers handle over 2,000 calls a week with approximately 10% of those calls coming from parents. The program offers help in 12 different languages including Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Greek, French, German, Italian and Haitian-Creole. The Dial-A-Teacher program is open Monday through Thursday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The service is free, the only cost is that of a local telephone call from anywhere within the five boroughs. The number is (212) 777-3380
Teachers offer help in all subject areas. They don’t just give answers. They re-teach the concept so that by the time the conversation is over a child or parent will fully understand and then continue the assignment on their own. We also get many calls from students who just want to check homework that they already completed. It gives students a sense of confidence that the homework that they are handing in, has already been checked by a teacher.