Maui students take in Read Across America

Hickam Elementary School kindergarten teacher Michele Sasaki narrates “Punia and the King of Sharks,” a Hawaiian folk tale adapted by Lee Wardlaw, to Alan Isbell’s 4th-grade class Monday at Wailuku Elementary School. • The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo
Steve Grant, associate director of communications for the National Education Association, points out his home in Washington, D.C., to Kulia Elizares and her 4th-grade classmates.

Hickam Elementary School kindergarten teacher Michele Sasaki (first photo) narrates “Punia and the King of Sharks,” a Hawaiian folk tale adapted by Lee Wardlaw, to Alan Isbell’s 4th-grade class Monday at Wailuku Elementary School. The National Education Association and the Hawaii State Teachers Association kicked off this year’s Read Across America with events in Honolulu and Maui. The program is celebrating its 20th anniversary by featuring “diverse books for diverse readers” each month in schools across the nation.

Steve Grant, associate director of communications for the National Education Association (second photo), points out his home in Washington, D.C., to Kulia Elizares and her 4th-grade classmates. “The way to get kids or students at all levels to read is to find something that they’re interested in,” Grant said.

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