Flint Schools, Local Leaders Launch Reading Initiative

FLINT, Mich. – Flint Community Schools, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and other local leaders, recently announced “Extra, Extra Read All About It,” a reading initiative designed to encourage the entire community of Flint to engage in year-round reading.

“Reading Month is an opportune time to launch ‘Extra, Extra Read All About It,’ which is just one of the District’s strategies to target improved literacy outcomes, but the truth is, every month is reading month, and there’s no better way to start than in the home,” said Superintendent Bilal Tawwab. “Education begins with literacy, and a community that reads is one that is ready to learn.”

Superintendent Tawwab was joined by Flint Director of Community Recreation Sean Croudy, Board of Education President Diana Wright, Assistant Superintendent Shawn Merriweather, Flint Public Library Director Kay Schwartz, Doyle/Ryder Community School Director David Bush, Flint & Genesee Literacy Network Community Impact Coordinator Jeremiah White and Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth Murphy to announce the initiative.

“Experts say reading can help reduce stress and increase one’s knowledge and vocabulary–benefits people of all ages can enjoy,” said Mayor Weaver. “‘Extra, Extra Read All About It’ will bring about many opportunities for our city to drive home the importance of reading.”

To participate in “Extra, Extra Read All About It,” families are encouraged to participate in the following activities:

  • Flint Reading Hall of Fame nominations—nominate eligible residents for the Flint Reading Hall of Fame by filling out the nomination form available at https://goo.gl/forms/43s5dvhoeMIVGEci1
  • Read Overs—children are encouraged to bring a book along as they spend time with friends and family
  • Share on social media—take pictures and show how #FlintReads on Facebook and Twitter

“Extra, Extra Read All About It” will continue to highlight opportunities for reading in the community throughout the year, including the impending announcement of the first inaugural Flint Reading Hall of Fame and a Stuff the Bus community book drive.

The District also recently launched the Central Office Navigating, Nurturing, Engaging Children’s Talents (CONNECT) program. Through the program, each of the 40 FCS central office employees meet with their designated student(s) once per week to read a book and reflect on the reading in a journal. CONNECT runs through June, at which point each student will have read 25 new books—and added each to their personal libraries.

For more information on the “Extra, Extra Read All About It” initiative, contact Flint Community Schools at 810-760-1000.

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