Smithfield-Selma Students Hold African American Read-In

Smithfield-Selma High students, Sara Altman (left) and Antonio McDaniels (right) read to 3rd grade students at Selma Elementary School on Feb. 23 in celebration of the African American Read-In.

The Smithfield-Selma High Ladies and Men of Distinction took part in the African American Read-In with students at Selma Elementary on Feb. 23.

The goal of the African-American Read-In is to document readers making the celebration of African American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities.

During the month of February, schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations, and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting an African American Read-In, according to the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Smithfield-Selma High students partnered together with students at Selma Elementary in celebration of the African American Read-In on Feb. 23. Those photographed on the front row (from left) are Angel Guzman-Garcia, Laura Price, Sarah Altman, Kiniah Street, De’Oveon Fuentes, Elizabeth Hardy, Tatyana McElveen, Johnston County Board of Education member Dr. Peggy Smith, Deja McIntosh, Kayla Smith, Antonio McDaniels, and Selma Elementary Assistant Principal Anthony Whitaker. Those photographed on the back row (from left) are Eric Hess, Chandler Lasater, Joshua Raiford, and Elijah Exum.

Smithfield-Selma High students Tatyana McElveen, Elizabeth Hardy, Kayla Smith, Kiniah Street, Chandler Lasater, De’Oveon Fuentes, Joshua Raiford, Deja McIntosh, Angel Guzman-Garcia, Laura Price, Eric Hess, Sara Altman, Elijah Exum, and Antonio McDaniels participated in the read-in at Selma Elementary.

Patrice Hardy and Marvin Burke, Smithfield-Selma High staff sponsors of the Ladies and Men of Distinction, accompanied the student readers to Selma Elementary.

The read-in is sponsored by the Black Caucus of the NCTE and also the NCTE, and it is endorsed by the International Literacy Association.