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Faculty, Future Teachers Read for the Record

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Faculty, future teachers and student-athletes from Charleston Southern University joined millions across the country to promote Read for the Record, a one-day event to promote literacy and early childhood education.

“Literacy is the critical element in school success,” said Dr. Linda Karges-Bone, professor of education at Charleston Southern. “It is the key to moving families into the middle class. The more words we can bring children, the better their chances of moving out of the cycle of poverty and finding their own voices.”

Six professors from CSU’s School of Education department participated in reading this year’s book selection, Otis, by Loren Long, a story about perseverance, work ethic, loyalty and friendship. The teachers read to students at Spann Elementary School and William Reeves Elementary School.

Read for the Record

James Smith, a junior defensive lineman for theCharleston Southern University Buccaneers football programand elementary education major, also participated in the program. “James (Smith) is a wonderful example of a future teacher who combines energy, enthusiasm and compassion in the classroom,” said Bone. “His love for literacy is as evident as his passion for excellence on the football field.”

Kat Blanchard, a South Carolina Teaching Fellow, also shared the story and participated in coordinating lessons tied to the new Common Core standards for language arts, part of their preparation in becoming highly qualified new teachers. The future first grade teacher at Spann Elementary School said the experience (and program) is priceless for all involved.

"Read for the Record is critical for future teachers because it allows us (future teachers) to share our passion for reading and get just as excited about reading an amazing book as our students for that day,” she said. It's so inspiring to see a child passionate and fully engulfed in a book."

According toJumpstart, the organization that promotes Read for the Record in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, an estimated 2.3 million people participated in the project in 2012. Officials expect today’s nationwide event will break all previous records for participation.

Charleston Southern University’s School of Education offers eight degree programs with initial licensure as a teacher and is nationally accredited through TheNational Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. There are also two options for graduate degrees in education. The program prepares “competent, caring teachers who are committed to service.” For more information on becoming a teacher, visit theSchool of Educationonline.


Charleston Southern is one of South Carolina’s largest accredited, independent universities, enrolling 3,200 students. Affiliated with the  South Carolina Baptist Convention, the University’s vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.

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