Realtors Read Across Pasadena in Celebration of Read Across America

March 2 - 11, 2016

Published : Friday, February 26, 2016 | 3:55 PM

More than 85 local realtors will head to the classrooms and libraries of Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) elementary schools to read aloud to children in kindergarten-fifth grade during the first annual Read Across PASadena March 2 – 11, 2016. The event was inspired by Collaborate PASadena and sponsored by the Pasadena Educational Foundation to forge and strengthen connections between the realtor community and PUSD schools. Read Across PASadena salutes National Read Across America Week, the annual celebration of reading that honors the March 2nd birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss.

“This amazing response from the realtors of the greater Pasadena area is a milestone for our district,” said PUSD Superintendent Brian McDonald, Ed.D. “Meaningful partnerships like Read Across PASadena inspire the imagination and creativity of our children and bring together businesses and schools to make our neighborhoods and communities stronger.”

Read Across PASadena establishes meaningful collaboration between local realtors and the schools of the Pasadena Unified School District, and promotes the joy of reading. The event was inspired by Collaborate PASadena, a coalition of public organizations, cities, and individuals who work together to make Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre places where children grow up in supportive environments that prepare them for success in school and in life.

Read Across PASadena partners include the local realtor community, the Pasadena Educational Foundation, United Teachers of Pasadena, California School Employees Association, Reading Partners, Reading is Fundamental of Southern California, and the Pasadena Public Library.

“I am so excited that this great bunch of Realtors is heading into Pasadena elementary schools to experience what a campus and a classroom in PUSD is really like,” said Carrie Benuska, a Realtor with the John Aaroe Group who spearheaded the recruitment effort. “I am confident it is going to be a great experience for all and will impact each of the Realtors in a profound way.”

Participating realtors include the John Aaroe Group, Berkshire Hathaway, Coldwell Banker, Deasy/Penner, Dilbeck, Keller Williams, Podley Properties, Sotheby’s, and Partners Trust.

Schools have also recruited parents and community members to read to students during the annual celebration of books and reading. To learn more, visit

Read Across PASadena Events

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
7:50 a.m. – Willard Elementary School, 301 S. Madre St., Pasadena 91107
8:00 a.m. – Washington STEM Magnet, 1520 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena 91104
8:30 a.m. – Altadena Elementary, 743 E. Calaveras St., Altadena 91001
Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet, 593 Woodbury Rd., Altadena 91001
Norma Coombs Elementary, 2600 Paloma St., Pasadena 91107
Sierra Madre Elementary, 141 W. Highland Ave., Sierra Madre 91024
Webster Elementary, 2101 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena 91104
8:45 a.m. – McKinley School, 325 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena 91101
9:00 a.m. – Cleveland Elementary, 524 Palisade St., Pasadena 91103
Don Benito Fundamental, 3700 Denair St., Pasadena 91107
Hamilton Elementary, 2089 Rose Villa St., Pasadena 91107
9:30 a.m. – San Rafael, 1090 Nithsdale Rd., Pasadena 91103

Thursday, March 3, 2016
9:00 a.m. – Roosevelt Elementary, 315 N. Pasadena Ave., Pasadena 91103
9:15 & 9:45 a.m. – Field Elementary, 3600 Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena 91107

Friday, March 4
8:00 a.m. – Longfellow Elementary, 1065 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena 91104
8:30 a.m. – Madison Elementary, 515 Ashtabula St., Pasadena 91104
9:30 a.m. – Franklin Elementary, 527 W. Ventura Blvd., Altadena 91001

Friday, March 11
9:00 a.m. – Jefferson Elementary, 1500 E. Villa St., Pasadena 91106


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