Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa read books to more than 120 students at Open Charter Elementary School in Westchester for a local celebration of Scholastic Read for 2006 on Friday, December 2nd.

The nationwide event brings teachers, children, and parents together to read for 2,006 seconds, or about 33 and a half minutes.

At Open Charter, Villaraigosa read Secret Place to the school’s “Yellow Cluster” class, which integrates instruction around a thematic subject area. The class of third- and fourth-graders focuses on the community — the cluster has its own mayor and each student holds a job.

“Thumbs up,” said eight-year-old mayor Travis Breese, of Villaraigosa’s reading.

As part of the event, Villaraigosa also selected the Literacy Network of Greater Los Angeles to receive a 500-book donation.

The Literacy Network is an umbrella organization that counts as its members more than 250 literacy providers that hope to eradicate illiteracy in Southern California.

“We’re having a great time with the mayor during this celebration of reading and are grateful to him for choosing The Literacy Network to receive these books,” said Paul Koplin, vice president of the network’s board of directors.