More than 70 participate in R.E.A.L. Men Read Day in Scranton

February 26, 2019

SCRANTON, S.C. – More than 70 men participated Monday in Scranton Elementary STEAM Academy’s R.E.A.L. Men Read Day.

Jerry State, the behavior interventionist and building manager at the school, has hosted R.E.A.L. (Raising Expectations, Achievement and Leadership) Men Read Day for the past eight years to promote reading in young people.

“My first year, I did it at Main Street Elementary School,” State said. “It was 14 readers. And when I left there, it was up to 116 readers.”

This is State’s first year working at Scranton Elementary STEAM Academy. And in only four hours, the school had 75 men come in to read to students. State said participants included local leaders, pastors, district employees and students from Lake City Early College High School.

“It speaks volumes,” State said. “So many times, we see women come in the schools. But just seeing males come in the school really makes a big difference. When they (students) see these males, they embrace them in the community. And they’re all of the time asking when they are coming back.”

State said he only sees the R.E.A.L. Men Read Day growing. Seventy-five percent of the people who have participated in recent years have been consistent with their participation and even want to do it more than once a year.

R.E.A.L. Men Read Day is typically held during Dr. Seuss Week.