Read with MEac Program Concludes with Success < All News
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Over 18,000 books were read during the 2012 Read with MEac community reading program hosted by the MEAC and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS).

“The Read with MEac program has been a phenomenal success by any measured objectives. I’d like to commend WS/FCS Superintendent Dr. Donald L. Martin, the principals, teachers and most importantly the participating students for their remarkable accomplishments,” said MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas.

The Read with MEac program encouraged third-grade students from WS/FCS to read non-exclusive books from December 12 – February 10. A total of 764 students participated in the program from nine area elementary schools.

The Read with MEac program was created by the MEAC’s Senior Woman Administrators (SWA) to promote the love of reading. Each MEAC member institution encouraged the students throughout the program with incentives including encouraging letters from student-athletes and book donations for their media center.

All participating students received a bookmark and will receive free admittance to the 2012 MEAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament’s Education Night on Wednesday, March 7.

Each participating school tracked the number of books read by their third grade classes. The schools that met their individual goal of at least 15 books per student earned a $500 donation from the MEAC to its media center.

“The MEAC has always prided itself on its community outreach within the City of Winston-Salem. The success of the Read with MEac program is a testament to what happens when you engage students and motivate them to achieve individual and collective goals,” stated Thomas.

The top readers from each school will serve as ball boys/girls during tournament week and will be recognized at the Joel Coliseum in a special reception with their family, principals, teachers as well as MEAC and WS/FCS representatives. In addition the top readers will be recognized on-court during the tournament games.

2012 Read with MEac Top Readers:

Bolton Elementary: Shakira Baskerville (77) and Brian McIntyre, Jr. (54)
Brunson Elementary: Ashley Bowen (64), Frida Cruz-Bibiano (64), Anner Machado Martinez (64)
Forest Park Elementary: Christian Roseboro (47) and Isaiah Paige (36)
Hall-Woodward Elementary: Alex Alcantara-Solano (167) and Ashley Comacho (110)
Jefferson Elementary: Gabriella Ambrose (60) and Ben Gemmell (67)
Kimberly Park Elementary: Brenda Sandoval (65) and Hammie Thomas (51)
North Hills Elementary: Lucero Macedo (47) and Lance Simpson (52)
Old Town Elementary: Ansleigh Taylor (81) and Jose Ramirez (96)
Petree Elementary: Wendy Medrano-Noyola (77) and Isael Catillo-Castro (55)

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