“I learned that even when you’re getting bullied, you don’t have to deal with it alone,” says Maya a student at Gilmor Elementary School.
In honor of Michael Carter, former director of Family & Community Engagement, Gilmor Elementary School was invited, along with numerous city schools, to participate in Michael Carter’s Men’s’ Reading Day. For this special event, several outstanding gentlemen from the community were invited to come read to students.
“We really don’t know the effect that our words have on other people,” one of the volunteers said to students while discussing the chosen book, “Khalil’s Way” by David Miller, a story about a young boy and his tough experiences with bullying at school.
“I learned that you always have to speak up when somebody’s bullying you,” says Kayla a student. Fourth and fifth grade students engaged with the reading volunteers in discussions about bullying and the importance of holding one another accountable for their actions.
“Our kids need to see more African American males in the schools in general in Baltimore City that are doing positive things,” says Brian Henderson a reading volunteer.
“Just seeing African American men reading to them just showcases that reading is important, that men are important in our schools and that African American men care just as much as anyone else about schools and education,” says Monique Armstrong, Family & Community Engagement Specialist.