Floyd Stokes–A Super Hero for LiteracyBy Triumphant Tuesday • Jul 22nd, 2008 • Category: Triumphant Tuesday • Email This Post • Print This Post
APOOO salutes Floyd Stokes, founder and Executive Director of the American Literacy Corporation (ALC) and the SuperReader program.
I had the pleasure of meeting Floyd Stokes, his warm spirit and bubbling smile, when I hosted the 1st APOOO Literary Showcase several years ago. Floyd was a pleasure to work with and since then I have lurked in the background watching him as he gives tirelessly, unconditionally and steadfastly to promote literacy within the African American community among youth, from kindergarten to fifth grade.
American Literacy Corporation (ALC) is a non-profit organization that promotes the importance of reading to elementary-age students up to 5thgrade. SuperReader is one of programs of the ALC. The goal of the SuperReader Program is to encourage and promote, within young students (K-5th grade), a positive attitude and excitement towards reading. This is an innovative supplementary teaching approach, which uses a live super hero, SuperReader, to represent the winning characteristics of a reader such as intelligence, power, strength, self-confidence and high self-esteem. Partnering organizations include schools, libraries, community-based organizations and other agencies. Hero, SuperReader, generates an air of excitement around reading by presenting it as a thrilling activity and a wonderful life-long learning skill.
Since 2001, SuperReader has performed for over 70,000 children in Arkansas, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington, D. C. He has also performed several times at halftime at the Philadelphia 76ers game. Because of his dedication, devotion and determination to promoting literary, making reading fun and exciting and keeping reading alive, Stokes has been recognized locally as well as nationally for his accomplishments.
His former high school, John F. Kennedy High School in Mound Bayou, MS renamed the library The Floyd “SuperReader” Stokes Library on September 2, 2007. In May 2008, Stokes was one of eleven individuals nationwide who received the 3rdannual James Patterson PageTurner Award. He was recognized as an innovative individual that goes to extraordinary lengths to spread the FUN of books and reading across the country. Patterson says: “This year’s winners are doing great work and at a time when getting people excited about reading and books is especially important. I’m thrilled to help them do what they do so well.”
In 2007, Mr. Stokes ventured into the writing arena and released his first children’s book, “Teddy, The Hungry Little Bear” followed by his second book, Say Ahh, The Teeth Book, in 2008. To purchase a copy or for more information, please visit: http://www.superreader.org/
CONGRATULATIONS TO Floyd Stokes on a job well-done.
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