Volunteers read to Demopolis studentsBy Justin Averette Published 2:11pm Friday, March 1, 2013
More than 20 volunteers from across the community read to students at Westside Elementary on Friday morning as part of Read Across America Day.
The annual event coincides with Dr. Seuss’ birthday, which is March 2. The day’s events were hosted by the Demopolis City Schools Foundation.
Business leaders, politicians and community philanthropists read to kindergarten, first and second grade classes. In addition, some parents and grandparents also read to students.
Student’s dressed up in Dr. Seuss hats and “Cat in the Hat” bow ties and had a special green eggs and ham lunch.
Some of the volunteers readers on Friday include: Jenn Tate, chamber of commerce; Laurie Hall, probate judge; Nicole Dye, Woodhaven Nursing Home; Johnny Johnston, Ameriprise Financial; Bill Meador, city council; Andre Billingsley, CEMEX; James Burton, CEMEX; Linda Russell, DCS board president; Rick Dunn, Robertson Bank; Tony Speegle, US Jones; Kitty Eddins, Leadership Marengo; Doug Brooker, Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital; Justin Averette, Demopolis Times; Wray Anderson, Alabama Power; Connie Lawson, Demopolis Public Library; Mayor Mike Grayson; Katie Windham, Robertson Banking Company; Martha Turning, The Reading Club; Morgan Grime, Demopolis Public Library; Amanda Smith, Sandy Creek Forestry; and philanthropists Catherine Meador and Martha Griffith.