Blackshere Elementary students receive free books from AFT president


First grade students at Blackshere Elementary were surprised Tuesday afternoon, when the American Federation of Teachers and the Marion County AFL came together to spread the importance of reading. 

This was the fourth year that Marion County AFL visited different local schools to grow the interest of learning and reading for students.

“They have to realize that this is their first step for the rest of their life. If they can become fluent readers then they can go on to become anything in this world and to be involved in that is very special,” said Mark Dorsey, president of Marion County AFL Co. Central Labor Counsel.

Both organizations visited each classroom to read some of their favorite books and even answer questions from the class.

“When a child is that engaged in a story, not just the words, but also the meaning behind it and what we can do to actually make a change in the communities by just sitting down and reading with kids, that’s just wonderful,” said AFT State President, Christine Campbell.

Students received two new books to continue their excitement for reading.

Campbell said they hope this is the start of opening the students’ minds to seeing the possibilities that reading presents.

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