Local politicians share a love of reading

Local politicians share a love of reading
Solana Beach City Councilwoman Lesa Heebner reads “The Secret Message” by Mina Javaherbin to 21 students in Amy Trusso’s second-grade class at Solana Vista Elementary School as part of the second annual Share Your Love of Reading program. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — County Supervisor Dave Roberts and Solana Beach City Councilwoman Lesa Heebner read to elementary school students at Solana Vista on Feb. 14 as part of the Rolling Readers USA Share Your Love of Reading program. 

Heebner said she was asked to read “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein to Amy Trusso’s second-grade class, but she opted for something a little less sad.

Promising a happy ending, Heebner read “The Secret Message” by Mina Javaherbin.

Based on a poem by the ancient Persian philosopher Rumi, the story includes surprising twists, exotic travels and a simple wish fulfilled. Featuring humor and vibrant images, “The Secret Message” introduces young readers to the culture, literature, and history of Persia.

Roberts read “The Impossible Patriotism Project” by Linda Skeers to students in Isabelle Harley’s third-grade class.

The book deals with a child wrestling with the meaning of patriotism. With humor, it addresses children affected by deployment and the pain and pride of military separation.

Last year Roberts read “The Giving Tree” to Janell Strickland’s third-graders.

Rolling Readers was founded in 1991 to help low-income, at-risk children enjoy reading. The nonprofit organization also provides new books.

Aimed at raising awareness about the importance of literacy and reading aloud to children, the Share Your Love of Reading campaign is in its second year. Education leaders, elected officials and celebrities act as honorary readers.

Other North County elementary schools that participated this year include E.G. Garrison in Oceanside and Paul Ecke Central in Encinitas.



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