The Great Diocesan Read-Aloud


“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”
-Dr. Seuss

Our first, Great Diocesan Read-Aloud was a great success.  We had 15 schools who participated either in their schools or via SKYPE with a Guest Reader.  Some schools had Grandparents/Parents read-aloud, buddy readers, school staff/local community members, etc.
25 classes participated in the Skype read-aloud.  Here are some of their thoughts:

“Reading “Beautiful Mable” by Mike Nawrocki (VeggieTales co-creator) was the highlight of my week. Seeing the boys and girls understand the importance of having a kind heart and helping others like our story’s chick Mable.”- Jenn Gotzon Chandler, Actress

“This event was such a fun way to involve the youngest children in both literature and technology. My class of 3 and 4-year-olds absolutely loved the story Goodnight  Moon and they were so excited to have a special guest, Miss JoAnn, read to them. I can’t wait for another Diocesan Read Aloud!”- Diana Macaluso, Pre3B, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy

“I think the Diocesan Read-Aloud was a great success.  The kids seemed to really enjoy it, listening attentively and asking a lot of questions, and for my part, it was a real pleasure to share my love of reading with the kids.  It was so much fun to watch them enjoy one of my favorite books growing up (The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings).  By far the highlight of my day!”  –Laura DePalma, Video Producer

“t was an honor to participate in the Diocesan Read-Aloud.  I loved reading Green Eggs and Ham to the kindergarteners at SS. Joachim and Anne Academy in Queens Village.  I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did.”- Ed Wilkinson, Editor Emeritus

“On March 5th, the 5th grade ELA class at Notre Dame Catholic Academy had a very special story read to them in a very special way. It was read to them by Katie Tamola, who works for DeSales Media, via SKYPE. Katie’s enthusiastic voice and the images of the book she was reading to the class, The Brand New Kid, appeared on the smartboard like magic. The students enjoyed hearing the story about a young boy who was at first taunted at his new school, but then because of one brave girl, was accepted and made friends. The students truly enjoyed this experience.”-Lisa Cooney, DTI Coach, Notre Dame Catholic Academy

“We really loved the read-aloud! …. It gave the students a chance to interact with people in their extended community and learn about different roles people could play while still working within our Catholic faith. They loved hearing new and familiar tales over their smartboards.”

-Arlene Barcia, Principal, Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy



Diocesan Schools that participated for the TGDRA:

  • Holy Family Catholic Academy
  • Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Academy
  • Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy
  • Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy
  • Our Lady’s Catholic Academy
  • St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy
  • Notre Dame Catholic Academy
  • SS. Joachim & Anne School
  • St. Nicholas of Tolentine Catholic Academy
  • Good Shepherd Catholic Academy
  • St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Academy