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2011 African-American Read-In Observed

Janice Burns speaks to students during Shiloh's African-American Read-In

Students at Shiloh Elementary were participants in the Twenty-second National African-American Read-In on Friday, February 25. This marked the third annual event of this nature observed by Shiloh students. Classes scheduled visits to the media center throughout the day to participate in this important event by listening to community leaders reading a variety of African-American literature.

Featured readers included Dr. Denise Patterson, Associate Superintendent of Auxiliary Services for Union County Schools (UCPS); Mrs. Wendy Gravely, principal of Rock Rest Elementary School; Mrs. Janice Burns, principal of Sun Valley High School; Mrs. Hannah Terrell, Children’s Librarian at the Union West Regional Public Library; Mrs. Artez Watts, UCPS Middle School Math Coordinator; Mrs. Sherryann Sylvestre, parent volunteer; Mrs. Lillian Rorie, former teacher and Executive Director of Human Resources (UCPS); Mrs. Shannon Powell, former teacher and parent volunteer, and Ms. Kim Johnson, owner of Perfect Finish Cleaning Services of Charlotte. All guest readers chose books authored and/or illustrated by African-Americans.

This national event is sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), NCTE as an organization, and is endorsed by the International Reading Association (IRA). Over a million readers of all ethnic groups, from 49 states, the West Indies, and African countries have participated in the Read-In. This celebration was held as a tribute to African-American literacy as part of a culmination of observances sponsored for Black History Month at Shiloh Elementary.

“The success of this year’s celebration is due to the wonderful guest readers we had! They interacted so well with the children. It will be remembered for quite a while by our students,” said Mrs. Pam Cook, Media Coordinator and organizer of the event at Shiloh. Mr. Michael Henderson, principal of Shiloh Elementary, was pleased with the involvement of the community with the celebration.

For more information online, go to http://www.ncte.org/action/aari.

Written by: Pam Cook
Posted: May 19, 2011 by Mark Greene

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