This year, the campaign was enhanced through a $400 grant written by the Middle Cumberland Education Association Retired Teachers. The local retired teachers took a real interest in the project and certainly made an impact on the 420 students enrolled at Walker Early Learning Center.
“We were glad to facilitate this project and get to be a part of the Read Across America campaign,” said MCEA-R President Pat Richardson, a former Wayne County High School counselor. “No one knows better than a retired teacher how valuable added resources and manpower can be to teachers in the school system.”
The grant helped pay for over 400 bags filled with books and reading supplies that will be distributed to the children in the school.
The retired teachers collaborated with the Monticello Woman’s Club and the folks at Walker Early Learning Center.
“We really appreciated their efforts, along with numerous school district readers who pitched in and helped,” said Walker Media Specialist Tracy Slagle. “Our children loved it.”
Front Row (l-r): Linda Dishman (MWC), Jeannie Tate (MWC), Carolyn Stringer (MWC), Nancy Cox (MCEA-R)
Middle Row (l-r): Melody Smith (Retired Teacher), Pat Richardson (MCEA-R), Brenda Garner (MCEA-R)
Back Row (l-r): Charlotte Johnson (MWC and MCEA-R), Connie Chaplin (Instructional Asst.), Tracy Slagle (Media Specialist)
(l-r): MCEA-R Members Charlotte Johnson and Pat Richardson had fun reading to preschoolers (l-r:) Kainen Rednour, Ameila Baker, and Bryson Brown in the Green Morning Group
Retired WCMS Teacher Melody Smith enjoyed reading with Jace Lewis
Kaydence Murditt (left) and Korbyn Bridgeman (right) being read to by Kindergarten Teacher Beth Corder
(l-r) Bryson Piercy, Emma Hicks, Navaeh Davis, Pat Richardson and Zander Pitman looked into the gift bags being handed out at Walker Early Learning Center
Sharon Lowe's Green Team preschool class with volunteer readers
(l-r):Green Team Preschoolers Sierra Powell, Isabella Dautrich, and Deacon Chriswell shared a book with Nancy Cox
Superintendent Wayne Roberts enjoyed being a guest reader
School Nutrition Director Karen Gibson read to a class of students
Central Office Payroll Clerk Janet Keith enjoyed reading to the students