Local councils are starting off the new school year with exciting speakers, programs, and projects! NCRA hopes that sharing what different councils are doing will give your council ideas for similar programs, speakers, and projects. Please share what your council is doing by sending a brief article and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twin Rivers Council
Twin Rivers Council held a Building Rep Dinner to kick off the Membership Drive for 2013-2014 on Thursday, September 5. Membership chair Sue Williams did a fantastic job organizing this event, sending invitations, and making phone calls to past and potential building representatives. Twenty-nine of the council’s thirty-five reps attended the event, and several were newcomers who have willingly stepped forward to help lead their schools to membership in NCRA and Twin Rivers Council.
The first meeting of the year was held Thursday, September 12 at Graham A. Barden Elementary School. The theme was “Literacy and the World, a Haitian Story.” Young Author Chair Ginny Mangum, along with Martha Ann Patterson, Jan Hemphill and Ruth Powers, presented their story about a trip they took this past summer to assist at a small school in Haiti. The ladies introduced this year’s Project Grant, providing books for the school’s library.
International Literacy Day was celebrated with a reading from IRA’s website and cake for members and guests. An invitation to join IRA was also part of the celebration and two new IRA members were added!
Twin Rivers Council has had a very exciting and promising start to the new year!
– Submitted by Susan Peel, Co-president
Great Smokies Reading Council
Award-winning author Monika Schroeder kicked off Great Smokies Reading Council’s year with an inspiring talk about her life and writing journey. Never thinking of herself as a writer, she found her voice in the stories of her heritage and life’s adventures. Monika shared how she came to be a writer through her love of history and the stories of her ancestors. She spoke with eloquence and grace and answered many questions, offering sage advice to the student teachers in the audience about teaching writing: Give your students time to write and choice of topics. – Submitted by Danna Knight, President
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. June Atkinson was Raleigh Wake Reading Association’s first speaker of the Raleigh/Wake’s second meeting speaker on October 9th was Jan Frantz, President and Founder of Read and Feed (readandfeed.org), a non-profit partnering with elementary schools and other non-profits to encourage parents and children to read together on a daily basis. Feed the Reader Road Show has become the signature program. An RV travels neighborhoods providing tutoring, nutritious meals, and free books throughout the school year and during summer sessions. The program provides access to books and reading practice to students who do not read on grade level in grades K-5. Raleigh/Wake is partnering with Read and Feed this year by providing books, funds, and volunteers for the program. – Submitted by Jean House, Treasureryear on September 11. She discussed the state of education in North Carolina and talked about how it is changing – including the increasing importance of technology and vocational education as part of the curriculum. She thanked Raleigh/Wake teachers and insisted that teachers’ efforts are making a difference, citing statistics to show that public education system is NOT broken. NC schools have shown tremendous progress in recent years despite the challenges of educating more students with fewer resources. She concluded by asking teachers their opinions and giving them a chance to ask her questions as well.