"Read to Make a Difference" month, March 2021.
On March 5th, 2021 our students joined in a very special zoom event to celebrate the new initiative by First City Pride Center: Books for Change.
SKTCS is honored to be chosen as the first school for the Books for Change donation.
Books for Change was created by Donovan Edward, the executive director of First City Pride Center to meet the demand for reading material regarding diversity through ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity to schools within the Coastal Empire.
The underrepresentation of minority groups in children's books was the driving force behind the creation of Books for Change. “By normalizing diversity, we not only create a space of inclusion to the child who might otherwise experience being outcast for their differences, but the child is able to accept and celebrate those special traits that make them different.”
During this event, School Director, Dr. Chattin read a book about Coretta Scott King. Mayor Van Johnson also joined in to speak about the importance of bringing in books that feature diversity, inclusion, and equity. Giving all children a chance to see themselves in a book is a powerful and important experience.
Then, Dr. Alicia Brunson is an assistant professor of Sociology at Georgia Southern University - Armstrong Campus, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Beach Institute, an African-American Cultural Center. Her research focuses on racial ideologies among college students, Black student retention, and the politics of representation in creative industries. She practices engaged pedagogy and teaches her students how to participate in community action research for positive social change.