2011-03-18 / Government / Neighborhood

Together We Can Read


Shown at the March 8 meeting of the Richland One Board of School Commissioners are (from left) Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine; Board Chairman Dwayne Smiling; Board Vice Chairman Jamie Devine; School Commissioners Rob Tyson and Barbara Scott; author Ashlye Rumph–Geddis with Tamia Devine (in front); School Commissioners Susie Dibble and Vince Ford; and Superintendent Dr. Percy Mack. Rumph–Geddis’ book, Tori Explores South Carolina, is the featured book for the March 17 Together We Can Read event. Shown at the March 8 meeting of the Richland One Board of School Commissioners are (from left) Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine; Board Chairman Dwayne Smiling; Board Vice Chairman Jamie Devine; School Commissioners Rob Tyson and Barbara Scott; author Ashlye Rumph–Geddis with Tamia Devine (in front); School Commissioners Susie Dibble and Vince Ford; and Superintendent Dr. Percy Mack. Rumph–Geddis’ book, Tori Explores South Carolina, is the featured book for the March 17 Together We Can Read event. The police chief, a college president, and a TV news anchor were among more than 100 people who had the same appointment on their schedules for Thursday, March 17.

On St. Patrick’s Day, they turned out at Richland One’s 28 elementary schools and read to nearly 1,800 third graders as part of the annual Together We Can Read event, which is held in partnership between Richland One and the City of Columbia. In its third year, Together We Can Read emphasizes the importance of literacy and promotes the joy of reading.

Along with Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott, Midlands Technical College President Dr. Sonny White, and WIS News 10 anchor Judi Gatson, guest readers this year included school board members, City Council and County Council members, retired educators, Chamber of Commerce representatives, fraternity and sorority members, and neighborhood leaders. USC First Lady Patricia Moore- Pastides and Gamecock mascot Cocky also participated.

“ We have had a tremendous response from the community to Together We Can Read every year, and we appreciate the readers taking time out of their busy schedules to read to our students and support our focus on literacy,” said Richland One Superintendent Dr. Percy Mack.

“We are especially proud that this year’s featured book was written by Ms. Ashlye Rumph–Geddis, who is a Richland One graduate and a former Richland One teacher,” Mack said.

Each third grader received a copy of Rumph– Geddis’s book, Tori Explores South Carolina, to take home. Inside the book was a letter from the author, a sheet with suggested follow–up activities for students and their families, and a Tori sticker.

Thursday morning, Rumph–Geddis read her book to third graders at H. B. Rhame Elementary and then at Hyatt Park Elementary on Thursday afternoon with Judi Gatson of WIS. Rumph– Geddis attended H.B. Rhame, and she taught at Hyatt Park.

For more information about Together We Can Read, call the Richland One Office of Communications at 231-7504 or the City of Columbia Public Relations, Marketing & Media Department at 545- 3020.

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