Elementary School News
MRH Elementary Invites Readers to Celebrate Black History Month
In the spirit of celebrating February as Black History Month, Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary School will join readers across the country by hosting our annual African-American Read-In. The Read-In has been endorsed by the International Reading Association and sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), who’s website states, “Over a million readers of all ethnic groups from the United States, the District of Columbia, the West Indies, African countries, and more have participated. The goal is to make the celebration of African American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities.”
MRHE will hold our Read-In early on January 31 to kick off our Black History Month celebrations. Guest readers to the event will spend approximately thirty minutes in a classroom sharing a short story or poem authored by an African-American. A variety of books from which to choose will be available from our school library.
“This year, we really want to get more community members involved in this event” says Courtney Mueller, 3rd Grade Teacher and member of MRH Elementary’s Equity and Diversity Learning Team.
Reading ability is one of the key predictors of school success. How does one motivate young readers? There is no better way than developing a love of literature and understanding the importance of reading in everyday life. Participation in this event provides the opportunity to be a positive role model to our students by sharing with them the love of reading.
If you are interested in participating please contact Courtney Mueller at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (314) 256-7200 by January 15. Be sure to specify if you have a grade-level preference.
A light breakfast will be served in the school library at 7:30 a.m., and volunteers will have time to review the book selections before the Read-In begins at 8:00 a.m.
For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.