Baltimore partners, faculty, staff, friends and students of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) read to children on Friday, March 27, 2015 as the “Read Across America” concept unfolded at UMB’s partner school, The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School (HSCT). Promise Heights partners include government, faith-based, and non-profit organizations such as United Way of Central Maryland, which sponsored a “Read Across America” call for volunteers. In response, volunteers appeared at schools across central Maryland.
In Baltimore, some lucky children got to meet the main character from “The Cat in the Hat,” by Dr. Seuss. At HSCT, United Way provided an actor dressed as the cat, who delighted first-graders by reading the book in the classroom of Jennifer Hoke as well as a child’s favorite, “Are You My Mother?”
In other classrooms, selections were read by, among others, HSCT Principal Kelvin Bridgers; Promise Heights Executive Director Bronwyn Mayden, who is assistant dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work; and Promise Heights Programs Director Rachel Donegan. Bridgers and Mayden both chose to read “Green Eggs and Ham.” The selection of books by Dr. Seuss is to celebrate the March birthday (March 2, 1904) of the beloved children’s author.
This is one in a series of events to enrich the lives of students through Promise Heights, a SSW-led initiative that improves the lives of families and children from cradle to college or career.