Felton Laboratory School Celebrates Read Across America-An NEA Project

Wednesday, March 05, 2008


ORANGEBURG – National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Day is almost here, and the students at SC State’s Felton Laboratory School are busy making plans to join the nation's largest reading celebration on Monday, March 3, 2008.

The National Education Association (NEA) annually sponsors Read Across America. Approaching its tenth year, NEA's Read across America focuses the country's attention on the importance of motivating children to read in addition to helping them to master basic skills.

In cities and towns across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others develop NEA's Read Across America activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages.

“Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement,” stated Dr. Samuel Alston, interim director of Felton Laboratory School, “

Special guests to recognize the role reading plays to Felton students will include: Dr. Leonard McIntyre, president of SC State; Portia N. Gifford, Miss SC State University; and Representative Bakari T. Sellers. Also, in attendance will be the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

NEA launched the Read Across America program in 1997. The nationwide reading celebration takes place each year on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss, who epitomizes a love of learning. Dr. Seuss's use of rhyme makes his books an effective tool for teaching young children the basic skills they need to be successful.


The Felton Laboratory School, originally known as Felton Training School, was established in 1920, on the campus of SC State, as an outgrowth of kindergarten, which was developed under the guidance of Miss Sarah B. Henderson, an instructor of Kindergarten and Primary Methods. As part of the Department of Education, this program continued to grow as courses in methods, observations and directed teaching were added to the curriculum.

In 1924, a four-room building was donated by the joint cooperation of the General Education Board and the Rosenwald Fund for teacher education purposes in connection with normal course of study.

In 1964, with the expansion of the Teacher Education program, a new building was constructed for students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.

For additional information, please contact Ms. Patricia Bradley, librarian, at (803) 536-7035