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Read Across America Student Contest

Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on or near March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can, too!

Read Across America also provides DSEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year, to motivate children to read and generate new enthusiasm for reading.

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2018 Student Contest

Every year, the Delaware State Education Association (DSEA) hosts a Read Across America contest that centers on a theme in a book. This year’s book is Whoever You Are by Mem Fox. Delaware public school students are invited to draw a poster, make a video, or write an essay (depending on your grade level) based on the book’s theme of how diversity brings us together.

Every day all over the world, children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, eating and sleeping. They may not look the same. They may not speak the same language. Their lives may be quite different. But inside, they are all alike. Whoever You Are urges us to accept our differences, to recognize our similarities, and-most importantly-to rejoice in both.


2018 Book Focus: Whoever You Are  by Mem Fox

Theme: How does diversity bring us together?

 Contest Rules               

-All entries must be submitted with signed parent/guardian approval or they will not be considered during the judging of the contest.  If you have a group or class entry, please have one parent/guardian approval for each student involved included with the contest entry.

-All entries must be submitted with the first page of this form.

-Individual students, not groups, should submit poster drawings or essay entries.

-Posters should be no larger than 11x17 in size and reflect how you think diversity can bring us together.

- Essays (high school students only) should be 600-800 words in length and have in-text citations, follow the APA format, and have a references page. The in-text citations should contain the author, date of publication, and the page number or site URL. Please consult your school librarian for assistance with the APA format.  The essay should showcase stories of diversity bringing people together or a case study of diversity bringing people together.

-Video entries may be submitted by an individual student, group or a class of students who worked together on the project. Videos should be a maximum of three minutes in length and include a title as well as a credit listing of the students who worked on the project and the names of any teachers or paraprofessionals who advised or helped. Please submit videos on a DVD, flash drive, or email a link to  Entries can also indicate a URL address for YouTube. Only one video entry per student, group, or class. Videos should reflect how you think diversity brings people together.

-All winners will be featured in an ad in The News Journal and Delaware State News – and all winning artwork, essays, and videos will be posted on DSEA’s website.

-Every entry must be sent in with an entry form.  Please [Click Here] for an entry form.

NEA Read Across America 2018

There are all kinds of resources available to you for Read Across America (RAA).  [Click Here] to go to the NEA website and have your students take the NEA RAA pledge, download free visual aids, or learn how to plan your very own RAA reading event.

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