Atlanta Board of Education Members “Read for the Record®” to Pre-K Students

October 22, 2015 at 4:53 pm Leave a comment

Atlanta Board of Education Members spent some quality time Thursday reading to the littlest of Atlanta Public School students, the pre-kindergarteners, during Read for the Record® 2015.

#ReadfortheRecord, which celebrated its 10th anniversary on Thursday, is a worldwide campaign designed to bring awareness to the importance of high-quality early learning, by mobilizing millions of children and adults to take part in the world’s largest shared reading experience. The event is organized and coordinated by Jumpstart, a national early education organization that recruits and trains college students and community members to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods.

Not Norman (Read for the Record)

This year’s #ReadfortheRecord initiative featured the book Not Norman: A Goldfish Story (written by Kelly Bennett, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones), which tells the tale of a little boy who eventually learns to love his pet goldfish, Norman. Atlanta Board of Education members appeared just as excited about the book as the pre-K students.

All told, seven Board Members and Board Executive Director Howard Grant, Ph.D., visited 14 schools and read to nearly 300 pre-K students:

Board Member Schools
Cynthia Brisco-Brown E. Rivers (Two classes)
Eshe Collins Heritage
Courtney English Finch, Hope-Hill
Jason Esteves Bolton Academy
Leslie Grant Benteen, Slater, Thomasville
Howard Grant Humphries
Steven Lee Adamsville, Scott
Matt Westmoreland Burgess-Peterson, Toomer, Whitefoord
At Finch Elementary, Seat 7 Representative and Board Chair Courtney English reads "Not Norman" to a group of pre-kindergarten students during the annual Read for the Record(R) event.

At Finch Elementary, Seat 7 Representative and Board Chair Courtney English reads “Not Norman” to a group of pre-kindergarten students during the annual Read for the Record(R) event.

At Finch Elementary, Board Chair Courtney English asked his group of pre-K students if any of them had pets. Most all raised their hands, shouting out everything from dogs to birds.

“Does anyone have a fish?” English said while cracking open the book. “Well, that’s the pet we’re going to read about today.”

At Burgess-Peterson Academy, District 3 Board Member Matt Westmoreland reads "Not Norman" to a group of pre-kindergarten students during Read for the Record(R).

At Burgess-Peterson Academy, District 3 Board Member Matt Westmoreland reads “Not Norman” to a group of pre-kindergarten students during Read for the Record(R).

At Burgess-Peterson Academy, District 3 Board Member Matt Westmoreland prefaced his reading by asking the students about Halloween and the costumes they plan to wear.

“Anyone going to be a fish? How about a goldfish?” he asked. Some in the crowd of four-year-olds cheered, “Yes!”

“Well, that happens to take us right into something I’m going to read to you right now,” Westmoreland said, as he reached for the book.

Later, as he reached a point in the book where a snake appears, Westmoreland asked the kids: “What would we do if we saw a snake right here in the classroom?”

“RUN!”

“Call the Police!”

“Call Animal Control!”

“Animal Control?” Westmoreland responded in surprise. “This is definitely one smart pre-K class!”

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