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African-American Read-In Observed at Shiloh Elementary

Dr. Denise Patterson, Associate Superintendent of Auxiliary Services for Union County Schools (UCPS)

Students at Shiloh Elementary were participants in the Twenty-first National African-American Read-In on Friday, February 26. This marked the second 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 Mrs. Marilyn Richards, Executive Director of the North Carolina United Negro College Fund; 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; Mr. Vladimir Sylvestre, parent volunteer; Mrs. Sarah Polk, teacher at a local day care facility; Mrs. Sherry Ann Sylvestre, parent volunteer; and Mr. Archie Hansley, owner of Great Copies +, Inc. 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, and some even came in costume and with props. 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: Michael Henderson
Posted: Mar 05, 2010 by Mr. Mark Greene

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