LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - With a variety of books pertaining to African American history, students at Garrett Primary School received a history lesson by listening to stories read by community members.
“These are leaders of the community that we picked to come, so that our students use them as a role model and this initiative is to foster the importance of reading at a young age,” said Angelica Palacios, Instructional Coach.
One of the books read to students was the March on Washington, which was to advocate for civil and economic rights of African Americans and where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic “I Have A Dream” speech in efforts to end racism.
“Every student should have that opportunity to know your history, where you came from, to where you are to appreciate some of the things that many have suffered and endured hardships to pave the way for privileges that many of enjoy today,” said Napoleon Shaw reader and Administrative Director at Hospice in the Pines.
Those who participated in the readings say being proactive and teaching students about history will help them develop important life skills.
“As life-long learner’s things like discipline, things like paying attention and being able to express themselves accordingly is going to take them so far in life,” said Claudia Guzman, reader and Social Worker at Hospice in the Pines.
As for school officials, they say their goal is to educate and help inspire students to be successful.
“We just want our students to know that they can do anything that they put their mind to you know, hearing about these characters in the stories it’s fun for them and makes it more meaningful for them and so they are able to connect it and they can start thinking about something they want to do when they get older,” said Palacios.
Garrett Primary will be allowing community leaders to come in and read to students throughout the month of February.