One Texas principal believes every child should have a bedtime story. That’s why Dr. Belinda George started “Tucked in Tuesdays,” where she reads children’s books to her students in the evening via Facebook Live.
“I want to extend what I do past 4 p.m. I’m not in every child’s home, so I don’t know if all or any of them have someone to read to them at night,” the first-year principal at Homer Drive Elementary in Beaumont, Texas told The Beaumont Enterprise. “This is just a way to give the children that exposure.”
Every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m., George, who’s often sporting a pajama onesie, livestreams a bedtime story on the school’s Facebook page.
“I read the book, I’ll ask questions, make them make inferences,” the 42-year-old told KDFM. “Seeing their little answers come across the screen, saying ‘I think this,’ or just laughing out loud at certain parts… It’s just really heartwarming.”
At the end of each session, students who tuned in can take a short test to earn accelerated reading points.
George started the Facebook bedtime stories in December 2018 as a way to encourage better reading habits among her students, 94 percent of whom come from “economically disadvantaged” homes, TODAY reports.
Additionally, only a third of the school district’s students meet the state standards for reading and language arts, according to the Texas Education Agency.
And besides the obvious benefits of reading (from making kids smarter to even increasing their life expectancy), there’s another reason George hosts her weekly readings. She explained to The Beaumont Enterprise, “I don’t have children of my own, so I love these kids with all my heart.”
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Posted by Homer Drive Elementary on Tuesday, February 19, 2019