Vance County Schools held a kick-off event this afternoon for its new Summer E-Reader Program for five local elementary schools.
Superintendent Anthony Jackson led the celebratory kickoff which will place 80 new Nook electronic reading devices in the hands of identified students in grades 3-5 at Carver, New Hope, Pinkston Street, Clarke and E.O. Young Jr. elementary schools this summer.
The school system purchased the Nooks, which are capable of downloading a large number of books for students to read, from Barnes & Noble book stores after receiving a $2,000 literacy grant through the Vance County Public School Foundation. The grant funding originated from Duke Energy Progress. The school system provided matching funds for the grant to purchase the devices.
Tanya Evans of Duke Energy Progress, was on hand for the kick-off event, as were Archie Taylor, Jr., president of the Vance County Public School Foundation, and Bob Fleming, secretary of the Vance County Public School Foundation.
The students who are receiving the Nooks and their parents were on hand at the event. Each student was able to “walk the red carpet” to be presented with their device by Clifford the Big Red Dog.
Several educators from the school system joined school administrators in applauding the students as they walked the carpet and received their Nooks for their summer reading.
The Summer E-Reader Program event was coordinated by Jo Tyler, media specialist at Pinkston Street, Diane Averette, media specialist at Carver, and Teresa Baldwin, media specialist at New Hope. They will lead the summer reading efforts at their schools, as will Wendy Short at E.O. Young, and Tonia Davis at Clarke.