Read Across America Day at McKinley-Brighton


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Fantasia Thorne-Ortiz reading to students at McKinley-Brighton Elementary.

Silence. It’s a rare thing in an elementary school classroom. But if you walked into classrooms in McKinley-Brighton March 2nd, the students were quiet and their ears were wide open. They listened as OCC staff and faculty members read Dr. Seuss books.


Fantasia Thorne-Ortiz, Public Services and Instruction Librarian at OCC, read from Horton Hears a Who. “Of course I will stick. I’ll stick by you small folks through thin and through thick!” The children were captivated. Even the disruption of another person entering the room only caused a momentary disturbance in their attention to Thorne-Ortiz. In a digital age, reading still holds the power to capture the minds of our youth.

OCC faculty and staff members contributed their time to read to the students at McKinley-Brighton as part of our ongoing partnership and Read Across America Day. Over 30 faculty and staff members from OCC volunteered.

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