Read Me Week 2013
February 25 - March 1
Theme: Once Upon A Time
Read Me Week is always the highlight of our year. It is a week-long event
when we highlight the importance and fun of reading.
Area businesses and organizations are needed to adopt schools during
Read Me Week and send volunteers to their schools to read to the students. With the help of community volunteers who read to students in local elementary and preschools more than one thousand volunteer hours are donated to schools during Read Me Week each year.
Sign-up information is below.
Read Me Day is when Book’em spotlights one or more Metro Nashville’s public schools with a special program for the students followed by area celebrities reading to all of the school’s classrooms.
Celebrities often include Mayor Karl Dean, Dr. Jesse Register, Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, Miss Tennessee, Miss Black Tennessee, Nashville media and sports personalities, and local politicians. Book'em will spotlight Charlotte Park Elementary School this year.
Special THANKS to Sponsors for Read Me Week 2012:
Boiler Room Theatre
Gold Skin Care Center
High Tech Signs
Ingram Content Group
Junior League of Nashville
McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations
Phillips Toy Mart
The History of Read Me Week
Read Me Day was started in 1986 by Frankie DeWees, a teacher at East Hickman Elementary School in Lyles, Tenn. The purpose of the event was to celebrate the importance of reading. The event was called “Read Me Week” because students, teachers and visiting readers were invited to wear a shirt, cap, or pin with a message on it so the children could “read the reader.”
Schools (documents to download):
To sign up to participate in Read Me Week (pdf) MSword
Suggested Activities for Read Me Week
Check list for Planning Read Me Week
Businesses & Organizations (documents to download):
To sign up to adopt a School during Read Me Week
Tips for Volunteer Readers
Check list for Planning & Recruiting Volunteers
Volunteer Recruitment Flyer
Photos from Read Me Week 2012:
The school had a bookmark art contest. Here are the winners receiving their awards. On the right, Mayor Dean spoke at the assembly. On the stage are special guest readers.
Kindergartners singing and dancing about reading. On the right, Cindee Gold, Book'em Board President, and Sandra Moorman, Kirkpatrick Principal.
Rapping about TCAP. On the right, Michael Bigley, Nashville Sounds, reads to a class, while Tom Parrish, Scarlett Family Foundation, waits his turn.