Students from each elementary school in the District, as well as Fairfield Primary and Fairfield Intermediate performed their own reading cheer.
Between the cheers, the District’s Distance Education Learning Center director Frankie O’Neal reminded the students that “kids who read succeed.”
A panel of three judges - Peni Chandler, David Ferguson and Elizabeth Martin - determined that Kelly Miller Elementary School demonstrated the most enthusiastic cheer. As a result, Hootie the Owl, who was escorted to the Read In by a Griffin will go to live at Kelly Miller during the coming school year.
Following the competition, but before the announcement of the winner, students enthusiastically welcomed Fairfield County Superintendent of Education Dr. Samantha Ingram.
Ingram told the students that she was proud of their earning a space at the Read In and asked how many students present Friday had been at the event in former years.
“Give yourself a hand,” she told the young people several times.
Other special guests attending the Read In were Fairfield County Council Vice Chairman Kamau Marcharia, former School Board member Sterleita Caldwell, Fairfield County Library Director Sarah McMaster and Dr. Curtis Rogers from the South Carolina State Library.
Natalie Daise, a well recognized authority on Gullah, brought a Beaufort High School group with her to the Read In who rapped and danced to poetry.
The Fairfield County Read In is held each year in late April.