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Reading Role Models at Trevitt

May 6, 2021 -- The guest reading program at Trevitt Elementary School that started during the pandemic is here to stay. Since the start of the 2020 - 2021 school year, more than two dozen elected officials, business owners, judges, police officers, and community leaders have read a book virtually to Trevitt students. 

“Reading books out loud to our students demonstrates how much the community cares about them,” said Larry Carey, Pre-K Teacher at Trevitt. “Through books and reading, we can show our students the love and support they deserve.”

About half the readers have some connection to Trevitt. They may live and work near their school. One reader’s mother taught school at Trevitt. Another reader sells real estate in the community. He talked to students about a career pathway in real estate and the education necessary for that career pathway.

Larry Carey relies on the local community to teach students the importance of role models. This past September, he helped organize the virtual guest reader program. Using technology, Carey records every guest speaker reading their favorite book and then makes the recordings available to all teachers and staff at Trevitt to share with their students when schedules permit.

Despite the pandemic and the unprecedented year, Carey is still so pleased with the turnout of the special reading program at Trevitt. So much so, Carey plans to continue the special reading program next year; virtual, in-person, or a combination of both.

“All of our readers are role models for our students, which needs to continue to enrich our Trevitt community,” said Carey. 

Below is a link to all the readings at Trevitt ES since January 2021.

City Council President Shannon Hardin reads “There's A Splinter In My Foot” by Doreece Lattimer and Illustrated by Duarte Brown.

“TJ Learns His Name”: A Read Aloud By Author Shara Hutchinson.

“Hey Black Girl!” A Read Aloud By Author and Business Owner Whitney Barkley

“The Patchwork Quilt” read by Business Owner Tia Ramey

“Beauty in Mahogany” read by Historian/ Business Owner Mrs. Rita Fuller-Yates.

Lawyer/Community advocate Morgan Harper reads “Cherries & Cherry Pits.”

State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria Reads " Hello Goodbye Window" 

Mrs. Kelly Rivers, Columbus City Schools Director of Early Childhood, reads “When Pencil Meets Eraser.”

OEA President Scott DiMauro reads two Books: “Ivan the Remarkable, A True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla” and “A Place Inside Me.”

Superintendent of Columbus City Schools (CCS), Dr. Talisa Dixon, reads, "I am Enough.”

Donald Payne Jr. reads part of "Rich Dad, Poor Dad.”

OEA Vice President Jeff Wensing reads "The Whole Hole Story."

Nationwide VP of HR Mrs. Mia Hairston reads, "Of Thee, I Sing A Letter To My Daughters."