Dorothy Montgomery Shares the Importance of Reading to Felton Laboratory School Students

Friday, March 01, 2013

National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Day is here, and the students at Felton Laboratory School are busy making plans to join the nation’s largest reading celebration on Friday, Mar. 1, 2013 at 9 a.m. in Felton’s Library. NEA sponsors Read Across America Day each year.  Approaching is the 15th year of NEA’s Read Across America which continues to focus on the importance of motivating children to read in addition to helping them master basic skills. Within the nation teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, and others help NEA to create activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages. 

This year’s guest speaker will be Dorothy Montgomery, a retired educator concerned about others knowing and appreciating African-American music history. Montgomery creates quilts to illustrate the various styles of the African-American music and published a book, “A Legacy of Twelve.” She began her second series which depicted the Gullah culture and traditions. “When I took a quilting class to replace the torn and frayed quilts of my elders, I realized that quilts could communicate the feelings and history of a people’s songs and save a heritage just as quilts once communicated paths to freedom and gave a heritage. I have made many discoveries since starting the journey,” said Montgomery.

For additional information about Read Across America, contact Patricia Bradley, librarian/lecturer at Felton Laboratory School at (803) 536-7035.