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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Los Angeles – Southern California schools will join a nationwide celebration of reading on Monday as they host celebrities, parents, city officials and others at events statewide for the National Education Association’s 12th annual “Read Across America” extravaganza.

Millions of people across the nation will take in the celebration, as will thousands of California educators and students. Co-chairs of the California Teachers Association’s events this year are actor Jason George from ABC’s “Eli Stone” show, and hockey great Luc Robitaille, who retired from the Los Angeles Kings in 2006 as the highest-scoring left winger in NHL history. The California theme is “Reading Is Cool.”

“This celebration of reading honors literacy and the truth that learning to read well is the foundation of academic success,” said David A. Sanchez, president of the 340,000-member CTA, who will be reading to kids Monday at Los Altos Elementary in San Diego. “Despite severe school budget cuts and other hardships, teachers every day inspire our students to see the joys of reading. Thanks to educators, parents and others who read to them, kids see that reading is cool.”.

Below is a sampling of confirmed Southern California events on Monday, March 2

Southern California Events

Lennox: 9:30 a.m. CTA Secretary-Treasurer Dan Vaughn will be joined by actor Jason George and hockey legend Luc Robitaille in reading children’s books to students at Dolores Huerta Elementary, 4125 W. 105th St., Lennox, 90304. Contact: Sheri Miyamoto, 310-505-7993.

Compton: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Scores of Hollywood celebrities will join teachers and school board members in reading in shifts to 1,200 students at Compton Unified School District at the CUSD offices, 501 South Sante Fe, Compton, 90221. Celebrites include Emmy Award-winning actor John Lithgow; nearly the entire cast of the hit teen TV drama, “The Secret Life of An American Teenager”; Raven-Symone of “That’s So Raven”; Sabrina Bryan from the “Cheetah Girls” music group; Esai Morales of “NYPD Blue” fame; and Jamie Elman from “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Contacts: Compton Education Association President Marie Truby at 310-638-8576, or Toni Gaines at

Burbank: Burbank Firefighters visit various elementary schools and read to students. Kaiser Permanent volunteers will read at Stevenson, Jefferson, and Miller Elementary Schools. Contact: Bridget Highfill 626-390-4428

Los Angeles: American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) volunteers will visit various schools. Contact Meredith Snow 323-634-8131 for locations.

Los Angeles: Award-winning Actress Tanna Frederick ("Hollywood Dreams”) will be reading at Brooklyn Avenue Elementary, 4620 Cesar Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles 90022 at 1:30 PM. Contact: Lety Mendoza 562-569-1984 (cell)

Pasadena, Inglewood, Claremont, Corona, Los Angeles: Volunteers from Kaiser Permanente will read to students. Contact Dena Spanos-Hawkey (626) 405-5514 for details.

Anaheim: Students will unveil their winning entries in a Read Across America “ Reading Is Cool” poster contest organized by English teacher Debbie Stikeleather at Katella High School, 2200 East Wagner Ave., Anaheim, 92806. Contact: Debbie Stikeleather, 714-999-3621.

Riverside: Student drama, dance and band enthusiasts will present their fifth annual Read Across America production of a “Cat In The Hat Celebration” at Norte Vista High School, 6585 Crest Ave., Riverside. Parents and community members will join in the fun. Contact: Sharron Lewis-Campbell, 951-689-0804 or 951-653-9231.

Fullerton on March 6: Live animals from the “Wonders of Wildlife” group will be used to illustrate stories read to children at Commonwealth Elementary School, 2200 East Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, 92831. A human “Cat in the Hat” will make a visit. Contact: Darlene Naslund, 714-447-7705.

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