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African-American Read-In Observed at Shiloh

Dr. Denise Patterson, Associate Superintendent of Auxiliary Services for Union County Public Schools, reads to 5th Graders.

Students at Shiloh Elementary were participants in the Twenty-third National African-American Read-In on Thursday, February 23. This marked the fourth 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); Dr. Debbie Taylor, Director of Support Services K-5 for Union County Schools; Mrs. Lillian Rorie, Director, Human Resources Support Services for Union County Schools; Mrs. Artez Watts, UCPS Middle School Math Coordinator; Mr. Andre Elam, Lead Systems Engineer Supervisor for Union County Schools; Officer A.J. Wallace, Resource Officer for the Sun Valley High School cluster; Mrs. Kinardi Burley, School Counselor at Sun Valley Elementary School; and Ms. Tressa Cox, School Counselor of Sun Valley High School. 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 all 50 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, who were awesome listeners! This is such an important celebration for our school, and 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. Scott Spencer, 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, Media Coordinator
Posted: Feb 29, 2012 by Mark Greene

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