JONESBORO — Kilpatrick Elementary students lined the school’s hallways Tuesday for a read-in that was part of the school’s Black History Month celebration.
Third-grade teacher Tiffany Moody helped organize the event. She compared the read-in to sit-ins from the 1960s.
“We wanted a different activity than what we would normally do for Black History Month,” Moody said.
She cited the Greensboro Four as inspiration for the read-in. The Greensboro Four was four black college students who sat at a “whites-only” lunch counter in North Carolina in 1960. The students refused to move when they were denied service.
“We want to stress the importance of reading, but also teach the kids to have discipline,” Moody said. “It gives them motivation to stand up and conquer and that they can be anybody they want to be regardless of their skin color.”
The event included more than 30 community volunteers who visited the school to read to students.
Clayton County Solicitor General Tasha Mosley was assigned to Christy Draper’s third-grade class. She read a book about Thurgood Marshall, an associate justice of the Supreme Court. Mosley also talked to the class about the importance of not just reading, but comprehension too.
“Everything you do in life you have to read to do it,” she said. “That why it’s so important and fundamental. You’ve also got to be able to understand what you’re reading. “
Ferrari Simmons, a radio personality with V-103 and fellow DJ Daminon Lewis also volunteered to read. The pair visit schools all over metro Atlanta as part of their program, “Reading with Rari.”
“You have to read, period,” Simmons said. “It’s important to have fun reading and develop the skill. We really want to promote reading and let kids know how important of a skill it is.”
Sheila Moses is a Title I teacher at Kilpatrick. She said the event was an “excellent way to get kids to understand the importance of reading.”
Moody said the read-in was also a way to encourage togetherness among the students and to work together toward a common goal.
“It helps them to understand there’s no limit to what they can do — together,” Moody said.