Story contributed by Roy Jackson, Ed.S., Dobbs Elementary School media specialist and communications ambassador.
On Dec. 14, Dobbs Elementary School students experienced firsthand what real men do: read. This is the sixth year Dobbs has hosted the Real Men Read event, welcoming 25 Atlanta-based businessmen from various vocations to read and mentor students.
Two readers visited classrooms and read a wide range of books. The readers also engaged the students in stories about their careers and educational experiences.
“Programs like this connect the community to our children, gives students the opportunity to engage with men in a literary environment, and proves real men read,” said Dr. Charnita West, Dobbs principal.
Principal West made this year’s event a family affair, inviting her father to attend as one of the readers. Additional readers included Rev. Vandy Simmons, Dr. Bradly Carthon, William Thomas from Delta Airlines IT department, Hassan Haygood from the Crown Foundation, and Donzelle Jenkins from Jacobs Engineering.
WAOK-AM radio talk show host Derrick Boazman created the Real Men Read initiative to foster a love for reading and help students make a positive connection with male role models in their community. Inspired by this premise, Jenkins launched the Real Men Read program at Dobbs.