More Than 100 Volunteers Read Southfield Students a Story

By the Detroit News

A massive read-in featuring more than 100 volunteer readers brought stories to life for 2,700 students in grades K-5 in the Southfield Public Schools district Wednesday during the second annual Revolution Read.

The district launched the initiative in response to the national literacy crisis. The goal is to ensure every child is reading at grade level by the end of fifth grade.

“This was our second annual event, and each year it gets better,” said Superintendent Wanda Cook-Robinson. “We had city officials, business leaders, company presidents and grandparents out to support us. I am glad to report that our reading scores are up in the district.”

A kick-off at the Southfield Pavilion featured Clifford, the Big Red Dog, who assisted with the “Wiggle Wave.” Volunteer readers then proceeded to reading areas inside the pavilion for students in kindergarten and first grade. Later in the afternoon, readers fanned out to classrooms to read books, including “The Cave Monsters,” by Charles A. Neebe, and “The Three Questions,” by Jon J. Muth, to students in second through fifth grades.

Among the volunteer readers were Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence, WDIV-TV weekend anchor Lauren Sanders, Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins and Kenson Siver, retired deputy superintendent and current city councilman.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130307/SCHOOLS/303070363#ixzz2NG7xvdTZ

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