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Inspired by the National Education Association's Read Across America Day, on March 1, 2019, students of the DoDEA schools will join millions of their peers around the U.S. to "Read Across DoDEA".  It's a day for schools to join each other and the nation in celebrating the importance of encouraging literacy for all ages.

DoDEA stands firmly committed to promoting reading as the catalyst for our students' future academic success, their preparation for America's jobs of the future, and their ability to compete in a global economy.


Visit the NEA website for materials and a planning toolkits to help plan your celebration.


Teaching students to read is a rewarding experience for teachers. Reading opens the door to the future and provides countless possibilities for succeeding and achieving Involve your entire school community.

Consider the following ideas in your planning:

  • Don't limit your celebration to the classroom
  • If possible, explore the opportunity to partner with another school in your military or civilian community and come up with a celebration activity.
  • Have a reader's theater for older students or have older students partner with younger students to read to their buddies.
  • Ask students and parents to spend some time reading together.  Have a reading log for them to complete and students can share their family projects with the class.
  • Host a special event around a favorite book.
  • Make a global/cultural activity.  Choose books with topics or stories set in other cultures.  Make a worldwide reading list with the findings and learn about other people, places and cultures.
  • Invite a guest reader.
  • Share your celebration! Please take digital pictures of Read Across DoDEA activities and email them to us at: to be uploaded to our DoDEA website and social media sites.
  • Work closely with military community communities to make Read Across DoDEA a success in all of our schools.  Together we can help make reading part of the foundation for the future of our students and enable them to achieve their highest potential. When we work together as a community to encourage our children to read, as Dr. Seuss once said, "there's no limit to the places we can go."