127 volunteers take part in reading `chain'

February 14, 1999

Taking part in a national Black History Month program, a reading "chain" of volunteers read books and selections by African-American authors in a daylong program last week at Thomas G. Hayes Elementary School in East Baltimore.

Participating in the effort, which linked literacy to the celebration of black history, were 127 volunteers. Many offered to return to the school as mentors, said Dietra E. Wynn, resource reading teacher for special education at Hayes.

The program was also part of a national "African American Read-In Chain" begun in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to create, through annual celebrations, a growing "chain of readers" and broaden public exposure to the literary voices of African-Americans.

Pub Date: 2/14/99

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