Students from Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School recently celebrated reading success with a rousing Reading Rally, an annual event that promotes reading and literacy.
“This event is certainly one of our favorites,” said Darlene Cook, Media Specialist at Garrison-Pilcher. “We have so much collaboration between all of our schools and the community that helps to make this such a fun day. We have athletes, cheerleaders, band members, and community volunteers who read to students. The kids couldn’t ask for a better time."
The students began the event by choosing a free book. After participating in a pep rally for reading, students had their books autographed by athletes and cheerleaders. Finally, they enjoyed snacks and the reading of several books by community volunteers. Recent book fair profits provided funds for the free book and event expenses.
“The band and cheerleaders motivate our students," Cook said. “The high school students remind our young Wee Bees to study hard, stay in school, and keep reading. Our students love being around these Yellow Jackets."
Thomas County Central High School Principal Trista Jones added, “Literacy is so important at every educational level. Encouraging and celebrating reading at Garrison-Pilcher is just the beginning of years of literacy instruction to strengthen our students' reading and writing skills. I am grateful that our high school Yellow Jackets can serve as positive role models for our Wee Bees."