The Maryland Department of Planning celebrated “Read Across Maryland” as Assistant Secretary Linda C. Janey read “Dear Children of the Earth – A letter from Home” by Schim Schimmel to the preK4class at the Empowerment Academy Charter School in Baltimore on March 27. The book teaches children respect for all living things and tells them how they can save the Earth by working together. The Department of Planning presented reusable PlanMaryland grocery bags, a “smart growth” coloring book and crayons to each child. The school library received copies of “Dear Children of the Earth” and the book “My Town” by Rebecca Treays, which introduces children to maps and teaches them about their town and how it can change in positive ways. MDP also read this month to students at Cromwell Valley Elementary Regional Magnet School of Technology in Towson and next month will read to students at Tunbridge Public Charter School in Baltimore. Secretary of Planning Richard Eberhart Hall is an avid supporter of reading and encourages his staff to participate in “Read Across Maryland.”
This is the fourth March in a row that the O’Malley-Brown Administration has worked in partnership with the Maryland State Educators Association, the Maryland Library Association and the Maryland Association of School Librarians to celebrate reading and the importance of education by encouraging educators, parents and children to read 30 minutes a day for 30 days.