From January 5-20, 2011, author D. S. Ford visited both Handley Middle and Knight Enloe Elementary schools. Author Adrian Fogelin will visit Handley Middle early February 2011.
Inviting such guest speakers can be very beneficial to schools/students. These visits, especially by authors, can help to instill in each student the importance of reading and writing.
Many, if not all schools, stress the importance of the three r’s – readin, ritin and rithmetic – better known as reading, writing and arithmetic. Now-a-days, in addition to the three r’s, even more subjects and extracurricular activities are required, or at least offered.
High on the list, pertaining to school subjects, is or should be, reading! Without that lesson learned, all other subjects are almost, if not, impossible to learn. In addition to English and Reading teachers, the Librarian and Media Staff make up the strong support system that helps influence students to read – not just when they are children, but into their adult life as well.
There are, of course, probably many more schools in Alabama, in the country, and even in the world who support reading, but these particular schools have been personally visited or contacted by this writer and other authors, so therefore they are the ones acknowledged.
Individual credit and thanks goes to those teachers and media specialists, at the above schools, who have been a part of “recruiting” the authors to speak and positively influence future writers, authors…
Thanks goes to: Linda Crim – Principal, Mrs. Henson and Mrs. Banks – School Library/Media Center, Mrs. Hunter – GT, Mrs. Willis, Mrs. Patrick, Mrs. Elmore, Mrs. Phillips and Mrs. Craft – Reading Teachers, and all other administration and staff at Handley Middle School.
Additional thanks goes to Mrs. Duke – Librarian at Knight Enloe Elementary plus Mr. Allan Robertson – Principal and Mrs. Coe – teacher, at Wedowee Middle and Elementary Schools.
An excerpt from Handley Middle School’s website referring to (three of the eight): desired results for student learning who exit Handley Middle at the end of 8th grade…
“Students will demonstrate effective oral, written and listening communication skills – demonstrate the ability to answer comprehensive questions and to follow directions by reading and listening… students will demonstrate the ability to read and understand at or above his/her grade level for both academic studies and pleasure.”