Primary students observe World Read Aloud Day

Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 2/7/2020 1:00:00 PM

Peoria Public School kindergarten through 8th grade students observed World Read Aloud Day on Wednesday, February 5. World Read Aloud Day began ten years ago to celebrate the joy of reading and sharing stories.


Students at Northmoor and Thomas Jefferson Primary schools and Trewyn K-8 School enjoyed a visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog on Wednesday. At Northmoor and Thomas Jefferson, Richwoods High School students Sean Smith and Kaiden Rixner accompanied Clifford to read to students.

 Clifford at Thomas Jefferson for Read Aloud Day   Glen Oak administrators with students

At Whittier Primary School Bradley Braves soccer players visited to read to students, and at Glen Oak Community Learning Center principal Carly Emken and assistant principals Megan McGann, Michael McGovern and Ilethea Suggs visited classrooms dressed as Dr. Seuss characters and read aloud to students.


Kellar Primary School and its PTO has hosted Guest Reader Week for over two decades. Each day during the first full week of February, civic leaders, media representatives and business professionals visit the school to read to a Kellar classroom. Books for Guest Reader Week are purchased by the PTO and chosen to reflect an aspect of each guest reader’s profession. This gives guest readers the chance to tell students about their professional background. Guest readers this year included meteorologist Chuck Collins, Illinois state representative Ryan Spain, tv journalist H. Wayne Wilson and City Councilwoman Beth Jensen.

Stacy Peterson, City of Peoria, Kellar Guest Reader

At schools throughout the district, teachers, administrators and volunteers took a break from the normal classroom routine to share a story. We encourage parents to help their children read at least 20 minutes each day at home, especially reading aloud, which creates a special time and memories for you and your child.