Every March schools, libraries and other community organizations, celebrate reading as part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America initiative. In southeastern Michigan, reading is highlighted through a range of activities that promote literacy and nurture learning for readers of all ages. “Read, Read, Read,” is the rallying cheer of Legacy of Literacy, Inc., founded by retired Detroit Public Schools Principal and former Highland Park School Board member, Alma Greer. For over ten years Mrs. Greer along with other dedicated reading advocates from Highland Park, Michigan to Oakland, California spearhead REAL Men Read Day as part of the celebration. In recent years, other weekly school and community events were implemented to further emphasize the fantastic benefits of reading including REAL Women Read day and REAL Kids Read day.
All of the activities are designed to highlight how reading aloud is an important way to share and access knowledge, promote the love of reading and encourage children, families and community leaders to share the joy of reading.
On March 24, 2016, Mason Academy, a Detroit Public School, hosted REAL Men Read Day! The event supported literacy by recruiting a few dozen men, along with older students to read-aloud to preschool through 8th grade students. This year over 15 Mason Academy eighth grade young men volunteered to read as well as area high school students. All of the men who read serve as wonderful reading role models, introducing students to literature they might not ordinary be exposed to. The students at Mason Academy look forward to Real Men Read Day because they love reading! They also have an opportunity to meet with men who share their love of reading as well as their career experiences.
Submitted by: Mason Academy Principal Omega Mostyn