Once upon a time, there was a second-grade teacher who saw kids that really wanted to read but had a difficult time accessing the books that could help them succeed. He’d learned some tough lessons himself as a kid, and he recognized young souls who needed lots of compassionate inspiration, who needed to learn kindness and the importance of connecting with others in their community.
This caring educator, Stan “The Man” Tucker, had a fabulous personality and cared about kids a lot. So, he founded an amazing program called “Leap for Literacy,” a very special initiative that features school-wide “read alouds,” a super cool Read ‘n Roll truck that’s stocked with exciting texts and lessons promoting Kindness Counts to students as a way to earn free books.
Stan, who was honored by Ellen DeGeneres for all his great work, made an encore visit to The Fair Oaks Elementary School recently to promote Leap for Literacy. He read aloud to students, and they cashed in their “Acts of Kindness” by choosing a book from the Read ‘n Roll truck – all promoting positive behavior and a love of reading.
The students at The Fair Oaks have loved Stan so much that they invited him to come read and visit now at the end of every month. They write down an act of kindness they performed, putting it in a box. In turn, they get to go onto the Read ‘n Roll bus to pick out a text of their choosing.
“This means so much to me,” shared a fourth-grader, cradling her gift as she stepped off the bus in awe. And, the educators knew…they were in the right place. The end.
More information on Tucker’s Peachtree City-based non-profit can be found at the website www.leapforliteracy.org.