Check out photos of the Rams organization partnering with Tackle Reading for Read Across America Day. Photos by Hiro Ueno.
Earlier this month, the Rams front office staff celebrated Read Across America Day, a nationwide reading celebration, by partnering with multiple schools throughout the Los Angeles area to read to students as part of this month's Rams Staff Day of Service.
Across the nation, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participated in Reading Across America Day by bringing together kids, teens, and books. Additionally, the Rams joined with the NFL and teams across the league to promote the #TackleReading initiative.
Read Across America Day also coincided with the birthday of the late Dr. Seuss, the world-renowned children's' book author. As a tribute, Rams staff read Seuss' books, such as ABC 123 and Green Eggs and Ham to students at Alta Loma Elementary in Mid-City Los Angeles.
"The Alta Loma Learning Community was extremely fortunate to have members of the Los Angeles Rams [front office staff] read to our children for Read Across America," shared Sean Leyva, Principal at Alta Loma Elementary School. "Our celebration of Dr. Seuss' Birthday was capped off with a visit from Rampage [mascot] who got the entire campus excited about reading!"
In 2015, Alta Loma Elementary School celebrated 100 years of educating the Mid-City Community in Los Angeles. In addition to participating in Read Across America Day, Alta Loma Elementary also hosts a monthly Reading to Kids Program that provides all students in attendance with a free book. During this event, volunteers read to Alta Loma students, along with leading arts and craft activities related to the story. The program also provides educational workshops for parents to learn about ways to help their children at home with academics.
As part of the Read Across America Day, the Rams front office staff also tackled reading with the students at Commonwealth, Thurgood Marshall and Payne Elementary Schools. Each month, the Rams front office staff takes time out of the office to volunteer with local non-profits. Since the program's inception in 2009, the Rams staff has provided more than 12,000 hours of community service.