LOGAN TWP. — Logan Township School District welcomed 16 volunteers comprised of school staff, Logan Township residents, the Mayor’s office and the County Superintendent’s office as part of the district’s first African American Read-In on Feb. 13 in celebration of Black History Month.
Equity, along with the celebration and promotion of diversity, is an integral part of the Logan Township School District’s mission and the catalyst for participating in the national program. Dr. Kristi Jansen, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, member of the district’s Inclusive Curriculum through Multiple Perspectives Committee, and the School Climate Team, felt it was important that students “have the opportunity to interact with texts written by African American authors in order to see diversity in literature and talk about topics through the perspectives of others.”
Participants were asked to select from a list of grade-appropriate books by black authors that were in the district’s libraries. Participants in the district’s first African American Read-In were Tyrisha Blackwood, Natoya Coleman, Robert Cureton, Laura Flynn, Carolyn Grasso, Patricia L. Haney, Deputy Mayor Bernadine Jackson, Kathy Love-Moore, Jim McBee, Jake Neary, Kimberly Reid, Jared Rollins, Monica Russell, Esra Sevinc, Patrolman Eric Surrency, and Dan Tulino.
Guests included the Honorable Frank W. Minor, mayor of Logan Township, Avé Altersitz, Interim Executive County Superintendent and James McBee, Supervisor of Child Study for Special Education from the Gloucester County Office of Education, and Carolyn Kegler, Vice President of the Logan Township Board of Education.