Searcy Schools Celebrate World Read Aloud Day
Searcy Schools Celebrate World Read Aloud Day
Betsy Bailey
Thursday, February 07, 2019

February 1st marked World Read Aloud Day, and Searcy School District took the call to duty very seriously! World Read Aloud Day is a global literacy movement that motivates children, teens, and even adults to celebrate the power of words.  Schools within the Searcy district invited guest readers to come to classes and read to students throughout the day.

Data shows that 750 million adults around the world lack basic reading and writing skills. This movement brings awareness and makes an effort to change literacy globally. We at Searcy Public Schools encourage our students and our parents to read daily. According to, reading enhances vocabulary and helps young children to understand different topics about the world and everyday life. Here are ten benefits and advantages that highlight the importance of reading.

  • Reading to young children sets them up to succeed.
  • Reading develops language skills.
  • Exposure to reading exercises your child’s brain.
  • Reading enhances a child’s concentration.
  • Reading together encourages a thirst for knowledge.
  • A range of books teaches children about different topics.
  • Reading books with children helps to develop empathy.
  • Books are a form of entertainment.
  • Reading together helps to create a bond.

Many of our schools have been or will be participating in a book challenge where students are encouraged to read outside of the classroom. We encourage our community to take this challenge as well. Check out the Searcy Public Library or visit one of our second-hand bookstores. I tend to take the easy way and hit the “Buy with One Click” button on my Amazon app. Any way one chooses to read is still opening up the imagination. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis once said, “There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”