Head Start Center

On Tuesday, September 6, 2016, the City of Cleveland Chief of Police, Calvin D. Williams, prepares for International Literacy Day (ILD) as he read out loud to preschool students attending their first day of school at William Patrick Day Head Start Center on Community College Avenue in Cleveland. Chief Williams read two books to the preschoolers, “If you Take a Mouse to School” by Laura Numeroff and “Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney. September 8th is declared International Literacy Day by the United Nations.

International Literacy Day (ILD), which shines a spotlight on global literacy needs and goes hand in hand with International Literacy Association's (ILA) mission: literacy for everyone, everywhere. On ILD (and every day), ILA advocates for a literate world, supports literacy educators and leaders, and celebrates the power of literacy. The ILA is a global advocacy and membership organization of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers, and experts across 75 countries. With over 60 years of experience, ILA has set the standard for how literacy is defined, taught, and evaluated.

Literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, compute, and communicate using visual, audible, and digital materials across disciplines and in any context. The ability to read, write, and communicate connects people to one another and empowers them to achieve things they never thought possible. Communication and connection are the basis of humanity and how people live together and interact with the world.  

Why people should read and encourage others to read:

  • To develop verbal abilities
  • It improves focus and concentration
  • Readers enjoy the arts and improve the world
  • It improves imagination
  • To become smarter
  • To be more interesting 
  • It reduces stress
  • It improves memory
  • To discover and create one's self
  • For entertainment
  • Reading is fundamental! 
Photographer: 
William C. Rieter