Brothers Rodney Phillips, Raymond Davis and Sylvester Robinson, members of the Eta Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., along with several other male volunteers from various organizations, participated in Real Men Read!, an event sponsored by Broward County Schools, Children’s Services Council of Broward, United Way, Broward.org, Reading Pals and Hands on Broward. Real Men Read! is a collaborative initiative designed to increase students’ K-5 grade level proficiency, emphasize its impact on academic achievement and encourage a general love for books and reading. The event, which occurred on Friday, March 11, 2022, included Dr. Martin Luther King, Larkdale, North Side, Thurgood Marshall, Park Ridge, and Village Elementaries. I specifically chose Park Ridge because of my niece Geneva Henry, a special education teacher and her daughter Neva’eh, a second grader there. Their heartfelt invitation initiated this unforgettable experience.
I want to thank the dedicated, professional staff under the dynamic leadership of Principal Samantha Whitehead, my host teacher Mrs. Braton, who encouraged her class to compose thank you notes for which I am eternally grateful, and the amazingly awesome students at Park Ridge Elementary in Deerfield