Metro Schools welcomes guest readers for Book 'em's Read Me Week

P1250251 Last week Metro Schools welcomed community members to Gower Elementary, Ruby Major Elementary, Amqui Elementary and Glenview Elementary to read to classes for the annual Read Me Week celebration. Read Me Week was started by Book'em— a local, children’s literacy nonprofit and MNPS partner, which provides volunteer readers to local schools, and collects and distributes new books to economically disadvantaged children and teens in Davidson County.

Read Me Week introduces students to a wide-range of local role models - a ballerina, a mascot, a construction worker, a businessman, a senator - and shows how all of these career paths have one thing in common: reading. What started as a one-day event is now a four-day event at multiple schools with more than 100 guest readers from all different career backgrounds. Each day started with a pep rally with all of the volunteers and students in attendance. Awards and donations were presented for community partners and students participated in special performances to welcome the volunteers. Gower's students shared their poetry on stage, Ruby Major's students sang their rendition of Imagine and for the finale school of the week, Glenview welcomed the Director of Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph with their own song and dance.

A few of the many community leaders who attended throughout the week included Dr. Kevin D. Rome, Sr., Ph.D., President of Fisk University; Judge Sheila Calloway; State Senator Jeff Yarbro of Senate District 21; Dr. Sharon Gentry and Anna Shepherd of the MNPS School Board of Education; Jr.; Booster of the Nashville Sounds and Gnash of the Nashville Predators. We appreciate all of the special guests who came out to share their love of reading with these young students!

This week Metro Schools will continue the fun with Read Across America Day - a national celebration of literacy efforts across America and the love of reading. While each school is expected to have individual events and guests that fit their own schools, all schools are encouraged to participate in Drop Everything and Read Day (D.E.A.R) where students are given a designated 20 minutes to take time to focus on reading a book for fun. More information will be shared through MNPS’ social media and can be found here.