CCSD Launches ‘Get Cherokee Reading’ Initiative

CCSD Launches ‘Get Cherokee Reading’ Initiative

Retired CCSD media specialist Rebecca Amerson peeks out of her customized bookmobile camper, which has been painted to reflect her love of books and the outdoors.

(Note:  a brief video about the bookmobile can be seen here.)

Cherokee County School District launched its month-long reading campaign, “Get Cherokee Reading,” on Monday morning by delivering books to Title I schools in the county.  Retired CCSD Media Specialist Rebecca Amerson drove her custom-painted “bookmobile” camper to Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy, Canton ES STEM Academy and Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy, loaded down with books provided by the CCSD Curriculum & Instruction Division.

“Our ‘Get Cherokee Reading’ campaign aligns with the Georgia initiative going on across the state,” said Chief Academic Officer Dr. Nicole Holmes. “Inviting Ms. Amerson back to visit our schools and offer books to children  while sharing her love of reading was a creative way to launch our initiative. We want to see everyone reading this month in Cherokee County!”

Chief Academic Officer Dr. Nicole Holmes, right, helps Teacher on Special Assignment Jennifer Garland and Curriculum Support Coordinator for Literacy Judy Withey load books for Ms. Amerson to deliver to the schools.

Ms. Amerson invited students into her Bookmobile to select a book, and she told them about her reading and camping adventures.  Her custom-painted camper includes some of her favorite book titles, as well as a quote from Thomas Jefferson:  “I cannot live without books.”

Hasty ES student Shirleen Jacinto-Hernandez exits the camper with her chosen book.

After selecting books and reading with their principal outside the Bookmobile, students carried a box of 50 books into their school to add to the media center.

Canton ES students gather up the books, which were provided by the CCSD Curriculum & Instruction Division as part of the “Get Cherokee Reading” initiative this month.

The Curriculum and Instruction Division has multiple literacy initiatives going on throughout the month designed to “Get Cherokee Reading.”  This school year has brought a new focus on reading in the primary grades, with the adoption of a balanced literacy approach to reading and more classroom instructional blocks focused on reading.

Oak Grove ES student Autumn Jenkins, right, looks through the book she has chosen, as Paris Manzano looks on.

For information on the Get Georgia Reading initiative, see their website at