Baldwin High School's Read to Lead Initiative was a big success in the primary and elementary schools. The Read To Lead Initiative has been an idea BHS Media Specialist Pamela Longino has been trying to implement for quite some time, and finally in Spring of 2021 it came into fruition.
"I originally got the idea from the American Library Association READ Campaign that kicked off in 1985. The campaign had posters showing celebrities and athletes reading their favorite books to promote literacy. Last year the Mary Vinson Library received a grant and with that grant, they created READ To LEAD posters of different stakeholders in our community. I saw them hanging in various schools and businesses in the community and wanted to do a spin-off of that initiative," she explained.
When the Braves Basketball team won the State Championship, she decided to start the initiative with them. In the READ to LEAD posters, basketball players are seen reading in different locations to show that reading can take you anywhere. The posters were donated to the elementary schools that the basketball players attended. The basketball players visited the elementary schools to read to the students and donated their framed posters, as well as two books the students read, which were donated to the media center. The books were signed by all the players and coaches.
Posters were also donated to Oak Hill Middle School, Georgia College Early College, and Baldwin High. Mrs. Longino plans to continue the initiative throughout the coming years.