As many cry across the country in protest that reading is a lost art, each year Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School (DLEACS) joins the ranks of schools, bookstores, libraries, hospitals, and organizations that host Read Across America events and activities for communities across the country.
This year twelve members of the greater Jersey City community took part in the annual school celebration. Among them, Emmy award-winning journalist and news anchorwoman, Brenda Blackmon was on hand to read to fifth-grade students in their classroom. Ms. Blackmon read, "Langston Hughes" by S.L. Berry. The renowned journalist also shared a brief history of her early career that began in her hometown of Columbus, Georgia and how she came to be known as "One of the Century's Most Influential."
Jersey City Police Department Sergeant, William Jackson addressed DLEACS' middle school students about the importance of education. Sergeant Jackson emphasized the importance of building relationships and getting involved in the community. Bridging the gap between college and careers, students asked questions about the job of a police officer. Jackson explained the concept of background checks and how these inquiries stay in a record for a long time; therefore avoid negative activity.
Other community readers include Loretta Lee, Asia Collington, Keith Cummings, Tahesha Weldon, and Amber Evans. CEO, Christopher Garlin, Business Administrator, Luis Santiago, and teachers Mr. A. Bustamante and Mrs. S. Chafee also participated as readers. Mrs. Valerie Slack coordinated the annual event.
Thanks to all who helped to make the Read Across America event at DLEACS a success. In addition to celebrating reading, the day encouraged kids to learn more and develop habits that carry them through life. See photos of the day's event here.