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Norwalk-La Mirada Celebrates Fun, Family During Read Across America Week

“Literacy is the most powerful educational tool we possess,” Nuffer Principal Mak Sar said. “Books open the doors to fascinating new worlds, and inspire us to think and dream. Read Across America inspires us to be imaginative and creative.”

At Lampton and Glazier Elementary schools, it was a family affair for retired educator Chris Forehan. A former NLMUSD assistant superintendent of educational services, Forehan is a longtime champion of literacy initiatives at the District. Every year for Read Across America, he returns to the District to read his favorite books for a special audience.

Forehan worked for the District as an administrator from 1981 to 2012. His wife Jill, is also a retired educator. Their son, Joseph Forehan, is a combination first- and second-grade teacher at Lampton Elementary. Joseph’s wife, Charlene, is a kindergarten teacher at Glazier Elementary. The family ties inspired Forehan to continue his mission of spreading literacy and reading aloud to children.

“There is not one child who cannot benefit from reading a good book, and reading aloud builds strong bonds with children,” Forehan said. “If you choose the right book, you can build positive character, and the child will always remember it.”

2017 marked the 20th anniversary of Read Across America, a literacy initiative begun by the National Education Association to motivate children and teenagers to read.

“One of Norwalk-La Mirada Unified’s top priorities is ensuring that our students become life-long learners, and reading is one of the keys,” Danielian said. “I am so grateful for the hard work of our elementary school administrators and staff for making this another wonderful year to celebrate reading.”