2012-03-02 / Education

Guest readers share joy of reading with Richland One third graders

Contributed by Richland One Schools


Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott reads to students at John P. Thomas Elementar y School as part of the 2012 Together We Can Read initiative, a partnership between Richland One and the City of Columbia. Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott reads to students at John P. Thomas Elementar y School as part of the 2012 Together We Can Read initiative, a partnership between Richland One and the City of Columbia. For the fourth year, Richland One and the City of Columbia teamed up to hold the Together We Can Read literacy and community engagement initiative. The February 23 event brought more than 100 guest readers into thirdgrade classrooms throughout the district to read to students.

Participants in the reading event included Richland One school board members, Columbia City Council members, Richland County Council members, TV news reporters, and various community and business leaders.

This year’s featured book was “All Around Town: The Photographs of Richard Samuel Roberts” by Dr. Dinah Johnson, a USC English professor. Each third-grader received a signed copy of the book for their home libraries. Included with the book was a parent guide with suggested follow-up activities for parents to do with their children.


Richland One School Commissioner Rob Tyson reads to students at Burnside Elementary School as part of the 2012 Together We Can Read initiative, a partnership between Richland One and the City of Columbia. Richland One School Commissioner Rob Tyson reads to students at Burnside Elementary School as part of the 2012 Together We Can Read initiative, a partnership between Richland One and the City of Columbia. As an additional component of Together We Can Read this year, more than 1800 Richland One third- graders visited the Columbia Museum of Art which is featuring an exhibition of Roberts’ photographs, called “Our Time, Our Place,” through the end of April. The students toured the exhibit, engaged in an art project, heard a presentation from the author, and had storytime with staff from the Richland County Public Library.

“ 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 very appreciative of the City’s continued partnership with the district in helping to promote literacy and the joy of reading among our students, as well as encouraging community members to get involved in our schools,” Mack said. “ We also thank the Columbia Museum of Art and the Richland County Public Library for joining with us this year to extend the Together We Can Read experience beyond our classrooms.”

Edi tor’s note: John Temple Ligon of The Columbia Star reads to thi rd graders at Satchel Ford Elementary School.

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