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School Days - March 9, 2018

Schools celebrate African-American literature, Dr. Seuss Read Across America Day and more

Posted: March 8, 2018 3:38 p.m.
Updated: March 9, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Students in Jenna Atkinson’s 1st Grade class at Lugoff Elementary School participated in the South Carolina Picture Book Award program this year. They read 15 of the 20 nominees and voted for their favorite. The winning book, by a landslide, was “ I Yam a Donkey’’ by CeCe Bell. The class can’t wait for the state winner to be announced to see if their favorite wins!

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Camden Elementary School invited several African-American community members, including Mayor Alfred-Mae Drakeford and WIS Sunrise anchor Leland Pinder, to read books with diverse characters to students on Monday, February 19.

This initiative, actualized by librarian Tracey Hanna, is for the encouragement and empowerment of diverse voices in the Camden community by inviting people of color to read and share books that celebrate African-American culture. Some of the titles read included “Mr. George Baker,’’ about generations crossing the divide in pursuit of learning, and “Crown: Ode to the Fresh Cut” by Derrick D. Barnes, considered a 2017 best book by NPR, the Huffington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, among others.

The readers enjoyed a reception in the library, before visiting students’ classrooms for the readings.

On March 2, Baron DeKalb and other elementary schools participated in the Dr. Seuss Read Across America Day event, with more local celebrities reading Dr. Seuess books to their classes.

Also, students at Lugoff Elementary School recently participated in the S.C. Picture Book Award program.

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