Real Men Read at AWES

Real Men Read, and So Do Mayors
Posted on 12/06/2021
Several elementary schools recently hosted literacy events with guest readers. Among the schools were North Douglas and Annette Winn Elementary.

NDES was excited that Douglasville Mayor Rochelle Robinson read to students during the Title I Virtual Literacy Night on November 30.

Students received grade level appropriate books and a take-home kit to make hot chocolate with a parent. Students logged into the event dressed in their warm pajamas with their hot chocolate, ready to listen to a story from their special guest, Mayor Robinson. The students were so excited to hear two wonderful stories from this important community leader.  

At Annette Winn Elementary School, students learned about the importance of reading from several lifelong readers on November 19 during the school’s 13th annual Real Men Read event. 

The event, which was held virtually this year, had men from as far away as Utah and Washington, D.C., read books to students to show them the importance of being a lifelong reader.

“We enjoyed hearing from dads, our friends from the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Douglas County School System employees, and many others,” said AWES Media Specialist Cathy Harrison. “We appreciate all of those who participated. Our students enjoyed the books and learning about the readers.”
For the event, many legacy readers that have participated for multiple years returned, while several new readers also participated this year. 

“Reading is a major key for students at any level,” said Isaiah Smith, a DCSS employee who read at the event. “Reading can open new worlds for students, and getting to share my love for reading with AWES’ students was the most rewarding part of participating.”

Mayor Robinson is pictured above in her Santa hat and PJs. Pictured below, right, is Isaiah Smith, who works in the DCSS communications department. Mr. Smith read What If Everybody Did That, a story about community and remembering we all play a part in keeping our school, neighborhoods, and homes safe and happy places. Also pictured is Paul Wright. He logged in from Utah and read a book about Washington D.C., where he lived for 43 years. He is the brother of AWES Media Specialist Cathy Harrison.

Paul Wright reads from Utah during AWES' Real Men ReadIsaiah Smith poses with the book he read for Real Men Read
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