Cherokee County School District kicks off Get Cherokee Reading

From Cherokee Tribune and Ledger News

The Cherokee County School District has kicked off a month-long literacy campaign to get kids reading.

Every March, CCSD celebrates literacy beginning with Read Across America Day, a nationwide reading event that coincides with renowned children’s book author and illustrator Dr. Seuss’s March 2 birthday.

The district’s Office of Curriculum and Instruction coordinates the campaign, which supports the statewide Get Georgia Reading initiative and CCSD’s continued focus on improving literacy.

This year’s theme is “Reading: A Sport for All Seasons.” Special activities planned at schools include guest readers, sports themed dress-up days. The district is using the hashtag #ReadingASport4All.

CCSD high school videos have made “hype” videos encouraging elementary school and middle school students in their zones to read more. To see the videos, as well as a children’s book written by Sequoyah High School’s Career Pathway teaching as a profession students, at

With the announcement, CCSD released a video produced by Woodstock High School audio video technology and film career pathway students, featuring Cherokee County School Board member and former pro wrestler Rick Steiner.

“I dare you not to read,” Steiner tells viewers in the video.

“We value the importance and joy of reading every day, and join our country in celebrating Read Across America and literacy every March,” Superintendent Brian Hightower said in a statement. “We’re grateful for our outstanding teachers and our families’ partnership to help every student become the best reader and the best learner possible. Reading is the foundation for learning, and through this annual celebration we hope to remind students, as Dr. Seuss famously said: ‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.’”

Families are encouraged to celebrate at home by participating in reading activities together. A “scorecard” with activity ideas that can be used at school and at home is available at The scorecard was made by students in Creekview High School’s teaching career pathway.

The following additional literacy resources also are available:

Storyline Online at This award-winning children’s literacy website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Bright by Text at For children birth through age 8. Families will receive free activities, games, and resources right to their cell phones. Messages are targeted to your child’s age and include information on child development, language and early literacy, health and safety, behavioral tips, and more. Bright by Text is free to sign up for, but message and data rates may apply. Text GPB to 274448 to sign up or fill out the form online.

Get Georgia Reading at Parents can download PDFs full of simple, fun activities to help build skills for kindergarten through third grade.

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Bill Valladares
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