In an effort to increase reading skills among students, the Dickson County School System is placing reading boxes in several local businesses. Each reading box has an assortment of books for children of all ages. Some books may be enjoyed while in a waiting area. Other books, which are longer, may be carried with students and returned at a later time.
“Andrea Rawls, District Literacy Coordinator, was instrumental as she selected these books based on students interest and reading levels”, said Director of Schools, Dr. Danny Weeks. He added, “For the last couple of years our district has emphasized the importance of reading, by joining the Department of Education’s Read to Be Ready Network”.
Changes to the literacy programs within the school system have included additional training on reading models for staff, summer reading programs and camps, and the purchase of several new books for students to enjoy. Weeks challenged the district leadership team to find community partners who were willing to host a reading box in their lobby or waiting areas.
This week district leaders visited those community partners to deliver those boxes. Parents are encouraged to read these books with their students. Students may return the books to any location which hosts a reading box. Some locations that parents may find the boxes include: Dr. Leah Patrick, DDS; Dickson County Health Department; Dickson Medical Associates; Dr. DeLoach, Center for Dental Excellence; Beaman Ford; Drs. Tidwell & Faulks Eye Care Center; Alexander Chevrolet; Dr. Mary McNeal; Weiss’ Dickson Eye Health.
To obtain more information about any of these initiatives, anyone may call Andrea Rawls, Literacy Coordinator, Dickson County Schools at 615-446-7571.