As part of our effort to connect our community at large to our school community we have invited members of the community to come in and read to our students. Having members of our community read to our students illustrates the larger sense of community we try to cultivate in them as leaders.
If you or someone you know is interested in coming in to read to our students, please email our Literacy Specialist, Maulana Dorce: firstname.lastname@example.org
Books with The Bruhz
As part of our Community Readers initiative, Books with The Bruhz invited members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. to share with our students a book/story of particular importance for them followed by a question and answer segment. This introduces our students to men in their communities who are themselves members of an international community. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is an organization considers fellowship and scholarship as essential components of uplifting a community. Through this collaboration we hope to showcase more positive male role models to our students (outside of their teachers).
Our first guest, Justin Moore, is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, an actor with previous teaching experience and a fellow Harlemite (just like our own Mr. Drew).
Mr. Moore read Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham to our delighted first graders; the children particularly loved his humorous and interactive approach to storytelling and his southern accent.
Our next community reader was Raymond Smith. Mr. Smith is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania currently living in Harlem and working as a youth counselor. Raymond chose to share a story that is a personal personal favorite of his, Tikki Tikki Tembo.
This award winning story features a protagonist with a particularly long and challenging name. The children loved trying their hands at mastering his entire name. Amiah N. and Jayden S. were brave enough to do it in front of the entire class! Can you say the his name? Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo!
We will continue to have members of our local and not-so-local community come in to read to our students and welcome any and all suggestions from our families.