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Community leaders drop  everything and read to kids

Fifth-graders BriannMoreno (left) AmandNelsLove Patel (right) listen ask questions U.S. Representative Bil Foster. Congressman Foster several other Aurorcommunity leaders read

Fifth-graders Brianna Moreno (left), Amanda Nelson and Love Patel (right) listen to and ask questions of U.S. Representative Bil Foster. Congressman Foster and several other Aurora community leaders read to students at Georgetown Elementary School and talked about their jobs on Friday, February 22, 2013 in Aurora. | Steven Buyansky~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 25, 2013 6:37AM

Young readers’ jaws dropped Friday morning at Georgetown Elementary School, as part of the school’s annual literacy program, D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) Georgetown.

Students throughout the school gathered around on classroom floors and reading nooks to hear Congressman Bill Foster, state Sen. Linda Holmes, state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, Aurora Fire Chief John Lehman and other leaders from the Aurora community read some of their favorite classic stories and new selections from the school’s library.

The “distinguished readers” then talked about their jobs and the importance reading plays in their work, writing laws, fighting fires, or solving crimes.

National D.E.A.R. Day, which encourages schools, libraries and individuals around the country to spend 30 minutes reading, is held April 12, the birthday of children’s author Beverly Cleary.

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