HANOVER, MD: On March 21, celebrated children’s author Jerdine Nolen joined the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) and the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County (TAAAC) to commemorate Read Across America Month at Hebron-Harmon Elementary School. MSEA donated a collection of new books to the school with a grant from the National Education Association (NEA), and visitors will spend time reading with students.
“Always, as an author it is my hope to inspire readers to see unlimited potential in themselves and the world around them. In other words, with delight, seek out impossible possibilities or possible impossibilities,” Nolen said.
We had a special visit by author Jerdine Nolen and received a gift of books. Thank you @jerdinenolen1, @msea, and @TAAACTweets! #MeadeStrong pic.twitter.com/ZoCdvZG6TZ
— Frank Hebron-Harman (@hebronharmanes) March 22, 2023
During the month of March, MSEA will celebrate and encourage a love of reading by donating a total of nearly 500 new books to schools throughout Maryland.
“As a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher I have seen how important it is for a student to be able to develop a love of reading,” said MSEA President Cheryl Bost. “It opens doors to new worlds and new perspectives. We’ve chosen fun and inspiring books where our students can see themselves and we hope that will motivate them to dream big.”
MSEA, which represents 75,000 Maryland educators, designed its Read Across America program to help support students from historically underserved communities across the state. MSEA is a state affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA), which began Read Across America 25 years ago to bring the joys of reading to students of all ages and make children feel valued and welcomed by celebrating diverse readers and books. Read Across America is the nation’s largest celebration of reading.