The annual event took place on Feb. 21 at Belle Terre Elementary School.
Over 80 volunteers took time on Thursday, Feb. 21, to attend the third-annual African American Read-In at Belle Terre Elementary School to read to students.
BTES Principal Dr. Terence Culver, Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland and author Dorothy Mayhue were among the readers. The books read are all books written by African American authors, in recognition of Black History Month. Each year, the event coincides with the National African American Read-In sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English, on the third Thursday of February.
This tradition has become a integral part of the school culture, Culver said.
"The event also allows every student to meet and learn about the career of a successful African American, and understand that dreams are possible and do come true," Culver said in an email. "Belle Terre Elementary has the largest Read-In of any school in the state, with over 87 readers participating this year."
Fifth-grader Paityn Lawrence gave the welcome: "Dr. TC Culver who has been at BTES for eight years, has proven to this community that a person with skin, that is dark like mine, and hair that is coarse and curly — well not him, maybe I should say bald head — can be a successful role model for students, staff members, the community and people of all colors."