Principal shouts literacy from the rooftops

Nov. 13, 2013 @ 06:16 PM

Guilford County Schools and school districts throughout the country are celebrating National Young Readers Week this week.
The annual event was co-founded in 1989 by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To make the week special, many schools recruit local officials to read aloud a favorite children’s book to classrooms.
Oak Hill Elementary will be hosting a father figures’ breakfast today for fathers to read and spend time with their children.
“It’s critical that our young children are being read to,” said Ashton Clemmons, principal at Oak Hill. “They need to start being able to associate pictures and words and learning letter sounds. It’s really important in the early years so kids have those foundations as they progress.”
Although no High Point principals are participating, two Guilford County Schools principals are joining hundreds across the country who are participating in the Principal Challenge.
Principal Terri Collins of General Greene Elementary and Principal Sophia Roberts of Archer Elementary went to extremes to show their students the importance of reading and get them excited about reading themselves.
Collins was on the roof of her school all day on Tuesday, reading her favorite books with a Skype link, allowing her to read to students inside the classrooms as well.
Roberts also dressed in character this week to read to students all day in the Archer Café, a special area in the cafeteria created just for this purpose.
Those who meet the challenge to read to their students all day will be entered to win 100 copies of the eighth and newest book in the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series by Jeff Kinney.
Literacy is a continued focus for the school system. This year, students are encouraged to read 20 minutes per day outside of class time in the district’s Roadmap 2 Reading challenge. Using the formula that 1 minute read equals one mile traveled, the school system is asking every student to read from Cape Hatteras, N.C., to San Francisco, Calif., by Jan. 23, 2014 – a distance of 3,114 miles.
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