Bertha Weathersbee Elementary School Holds “Real Men Read” Event
The New Effort Encourages Reading
Mayor Jim Thornton and Superintendent of Troup County Schools Dr. Cole Pugh were among the 20 men who read to children.
Weathersbee Elementary School Media Specialist Molly Allen created the”Real Men Read” event to encourage students to read more.
“Children need to hear stories read in various voices so they can learn the differences between tone, inflection and speed of reading,” said Allen.
Allen added that welcoming members of the community into the school makes them aware of the type of education students receive.
The event also added a little fun to the learning day.
The Troup County Board of Education approved two reading programs last year; Read 180 and System 44. The programs were developed to help advance students’ reading, writing and vocabulary skills.
327 students met or exceeded their reading growth expectations and 39% of students met their year end growth goals during their four months in the Read 180 program.
153 students exceeded their yearly phonics growth goals during their four months in the System 44 program.
Literacy is a top focus for the Troup County School System.