By Special to the Daily World
Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell paid a special visit to Springdale Park Elementary School to support his very own initiative endorsed in Atlanta Public Schools. Scholastic’s R.E.A.L. (Read, Excel, Achieve, Lead) Men Read program is endorsed by Ambassador Andrew Young, Mayor Kasim Reed.
It was a vision for Atlanta Public Schools that led an APS Literacy Team to form a steering committee of local businessmen to help spread the strategic input of a mentoring program designed to deepen literacy and instill a love of reading through mentors.
“A city that reads will be a city that leads the nation in building a brighter future,” Mitchell said. “It is crucial that we encourage our youth to read. One way to do that is to read to them and with them every day.”
Model Teacher Leader Kelli Bacote-Boone and APS Literacy Director Monishae Mosley O’Neil now have more than 200 male volunteers fanned out among the Atlanta Public Schools’ 4,000 second-graders to help boost literacy with mentors who are willing to share an hour a month with engaging, grade appropriate books. “Second grade was selected as the implementation grade in order to counter the literacy challenges often faced as students progress through third grade,” said Bacote-Boone. All of the students receive a copy of each book to add to their home library and for parental involvement.
The Scholastic books for R.E.A.L were chosen by the APS team. Each book was not only designed to meet the literacy goals for Atlanta Public Schools, but was also considered for its alignment to the Georgia Performance Standards.
Students read a book that is directly related to the content that they are covering in their classes.
Mitchell read the book of the month, “If I Ran for President,” by Catherine Stier.
“We are so grateful to President Mitchell for coming to read to our students. He is one of our chairmen for the program so this was a special treat. The experience he shared will be remembered by all,” said Bacote-Boone.