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Shown are business and civic leaders who read to students at Westside Elementary School on Monday morning.
Shown are business and civic leaders who read to students at Westside Elementary School on Monday morning.

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Schools celebrate Read Across America

Published 3:29pm Monday, March 3, 2014

Students at Westside and U.S. Jones celebrated Read Across America on Monday with a day of fun and reading.

The reading initiative was created by the National Education Association and coincides with Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

On Monday, local business and civic leaders visited the two elementary schools, reading their favorite children’s book to students.

The Demopolis City Schools Foundation helped organize the visits.

“The Foundation works hard throughout the year to connect the local businesses with the schools,” said Amanda Barnes, DCSF executive director. “We want to help the business understand the realities of the classrooms of 2014 and the students to understand the future they are preparing for. Read Across America is a fun way to remind both parties that reading is a critical skill that can also be lots of fun.”

Those who read at Westside include: Michael Kennedy, Catherine Meador, Doug Brooker, Justin Averette, Tony Speegle, Wray Anderson, Betsy Stephens, Sharon Barkley, Lucette Osborne, Bill Meador, Jacob Kerby, Pete Reynolds, Nicole Dye, Allen Bishop, Katie Windom, Claud Neilson, Mike Grayson and Mark Dollar.

Those who read at U.S. Jones include: Melanie Grace, Billie Shannon, Paul Miller, Jan McDonald, Sarah Chandler Hallmark, Johnny Johnston and John Wallace.

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