Read for the Record

Read for the Record
Posted on 11/01/2018
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Marlboro County has developed two essential beliefs that a team of highly effective and dedicated staff have taken to heart. These beliefs are (1) that all students will develop life and career characteristics and (2) that a safe, inviting and engaging environment will provide diverse learning opportunities for all students.

A team of over 50 readers, reaching over 1100 students, spent their morning engaging and reading to students throughout the district. JumpStart’s “Read for the Record”, is a program designed to celebrate the amazing power of reading and help build early literacy and language skills in every child. This year JumpStart selected the book selected, “Maybe Something Beautiful”, and read to all students targeting head start students in McColl, pre-k students to the 2nd grade in Wallace Elementary, Blenheim, Clio and McColl. Read for the Record is an annual event in Marlboro County, and it organized by Marquita McLain.

Representative Patricia Henegan headlined readers at Wallace, Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord at Bennettsville Primary, Adult Education Director William Jorgenson at McColl, and Director of First Steps Randall Johnson at Clio and Children’s Defense Fund Director Shaquite’ Pegues at Blenheim. High School Students pitched in to lend a helping hand. Their contribution was immeasurable. Thanks to the members of the bulldog football team, marching band, cheer leaders, dance team and School of Discovery.

Other readers included:

BPS- Freida Ocean (Facilitator) April M. Hyatt, Angela O’neal, Brittany Jones, Austin Saggus, Ashley Williams, Barbara Ohanesian, Jackie Branch, Tasia Loyd, William Rogers, Casey O’Donnell-Chavis, Cam David, Nan Fleming, Dr. Rippin McLeod, Rev. James Smith, Toma Dees, Officer Sammy Crosland, Janice Bright, Jeremy Bethea, Greg Ohanesian, and Vanessa Pearson

MEMS- Chuck Graham (Facilitator) Robbie Tryon, Bobby Hale, Barbara McCall, Terry Freeman, Tressa Hancock, Eva Chipe, Eunice Thomas, Miranda Ingram, Antoinio Vaught, Shima Ocean, Shelly Clark, and Thomas Ocean

CEMS- Sharon Quick (Facilitator) Shasta Loyd, Tamiko Warney, Koya Johnson, Ben Petrone, and Kakela O’Banner-Robinson

BEMS- Darrell Tingle (Facilitator) Mary Fennell, Dannie Blair, and Ruby Bridges

WEMS- James Barber (Facilitator) Debbie Morris, Marlon Prince, Reggie Gaymon, Mandy Shaw, Sarah Lisenby, Michael Gerod Coachman, and Hugenia Thomas

Major contributors include the Marlboro County Literacy Council in concert with Mohawk Industries and Chesterfield County United Way, 1st Steps of Marlboro County, the 21st Century Program and Marlboro County School District.