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Great School Speakers Bureau Teen Read Week A Smashing Success

Dear John,
Teen Read Week
October 12-18, has been one of my favorite celebrations as a speaker's agent for over 10 years now. The national campaign by the American Library Association to encourage our young adults to read is an annual event at our bureau.  The awesome logos and promotional items make the celebrations fun and easy to plan.  The 2014 logo "Turn Dreams into Reality @ your library was the slogan of our bureau for the past few weeks.

Our author visits this year included: Bassfield High School and Prentiss High School
 
 
Teach and Inspire Every Student
Teen Read Week
Jefferson Davis County School District (Mississippi) in association with Great School Speakers Bureau held its third annual Teen Read Week sponsored by the American Library Association to celebrate the joys of reading. The author visit provided an environment for students to share their love of books artistically and express themselves in written and spoken poetry. "It's important that [the students] have a place to express themselves, and that this event provides just the right atmosphere for all teens to feel comfortable," said Will Russell, Principal Bassfield High School.
 
 
 
Great Success @ Bassfield High School 
#TRW14
Teen Read Week across the country and Bassfield High School(BHS) Library participated in the celebration. On Wednesday of last week, teens from Bassfield High School came to the author visit and "book talked" by Celia Anderson.

While listening, BHS students enjoyed Anderson's auditorium style presentation G.A.M.E.T.I.M.E (Gaining A Meaningful Education To Insure Maximum Elevation), which motivates students to "get in the game of life".

BHS students were able to answer GAMETIME quiz questions. Finally, students were invited to share  and "booktalk" their own personal favorite book by #AuthorCelia.

An enjoyable time was had by all who participated in the week's activities!
 
A SUCCESS @ Prentiss High School!!!
Last Week #TRW14
Prentiss High School increased its tween and teen programming to encourage young adults to discover the fun there is to be had at the library.  Teens are usually one of the hardest demographics to attract to libraries; however, they don't seem to be having any problems with that. Offering a day-with-an author and a great selection of popular young adult literature by Celia Anderson. Over 200 students attended and participated...and THAT'S AMAZING!!!

Invite author Celia Anderson to your school and watch your students change...watch their attitudes change. ~Mrs. Rose Atkins, Guidance Counselor at Prentiss High School
Author Visit Inspires Students
Author Visit Inspires Students
 
All in all, we had a SUCCESSFUL Teen Read Week in Jefferson Davis County School District with tons of tweens and teens rushing out to cop books by #AuthorCelia Anderson. We certainly showed youth they don't need all the gadgets to have fun at the library, because by interacting with Celia, anyone could see and/or hear that she was having a blast.
 
Take advantage of all the great services and programs Great School Speakers Bureau has to offer, and if you have any questions, feel free to Contact Me and I'll be more than happy to answer your questions.
 
Sincerely,
 
SaRita Dean
Great School Speakers Bureau
 
 
 
Russell joins PRCC Board of Trustees
Russell joins PRCC Board of Trustees

The newest member of the Pearl River Community College Board of Trustees attended his first meeting Thursday. Will Russell serves on the board by virtue of his position as superintendent of education in Jefferson Davis County. He was elected last month in a special election. “I look forward to serving in a positive manner,” Russell said. “I'm very impressed with the campus and where the college stands. Pearl River has always had a rich tradition which I'm proud to be a part of.” 

Russell came to PRCC on a football scholarship in 1988. Before graduating, he was named to play in the state all-star game. He transferred to the University of Tulsa where he was named the Ultimate Student Athlete in 1991 and later inducted into the university's Football Hall of Fame. Returning to Mississippi, Russell earned the master's degree in special services at William Carey University and the master's in educational leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi. He also has completed the National Institute for School Leaders through the University of Mississippi.
Russell taught health, physical education and special services for 10 years in Marion County before serving two years as principal of Bassfield High School. He then was named principal of East Marion Middle School and served four years as assistant superintendent in Marion County.He was recruited to Hazlehurst as high school prinicipal under a school improvement grant and recorded significant improvements. 

Following the resignation of Jefferson Davis superintendent Ike Haynes in May and the appointment of John Daley as interim superintendent, Russell took over for Daley as Bassfield principal. Russell defeated Daley in the special election to succeed Haynes. He and his wife are the parents of two sons.

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