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Culture, literacy promoted in school reading event

Casanova Nurse at African-American Read-In (02/02/2015)
Posted at 5:45 PM, Feb 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-02 17:45:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Members of the Black community gathered at Springwood Elementary School in Tallahassee for a day of sharing stories and experiences.

The tenth annual African-American Read-In featured dozens of local dignitaries, officials, and individuals who visited classrooms to read stories to students.  Most books were written by Black authors.  A mix of fiction and non-fiction literature was presented to numerous Springwood classrooms.

Chief meteorologist Casanova Nurse participated in the morning session, sharing the story "Jumping the Broom" to first-graders.

According to Carole Curry, the organizer of the event, the goal is to highlight African-American literacy as a part of overall Black History Month activities, while exposing students to literature written by Black authors, presented by African-American guest readers.

The event was sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English.