What is the Mayor's Book Club?
When Ms. Molly Ward became Mayor of Hampton, Virginia, she asked that a special effort be made to improve the reading skills of our children. Thus, Hampton's Mayor's Book Club was created in 2008. Now, every month during the school year, over 60 community leaders and volunteers read the Book-of-the-Month to nearly 4,000 students in 200 Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade public and private classrooms throughout the city. Children in Pre-Kindergaretn are each given a copy of the book to keep and take home. Copies of the book are also placed in each of the classrooms and each school library collection to be available to the older children.
Mayor Donnie Tuck reading to the Pre-Kindergarten children at the Moton Early Childhood Center.
Former Hampton Mayor George Wallace reading at the Downtown Hampton Childhood Development Center and at the Moton Early Childhood Center.
Become a READER at a Hampton school
Former Hampton Mayor Molly Joseph Ward
Not only does the Mayor read each month - but also judges ; active and retired military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard); Kiwanians; police; fire fighters; civil service members, retired folks; high school and college students; school board members; clergy; farmers; doctors; homemakers; Dads, Moms, & grandparents; white collar, blue collar and no collar workers; sea captains; tug boat operators; fishermen; oystermen; contractors; politicians and attorneys.
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The Hampton Mayors' Book Club has been created and is produced by Healthy Families Partnership, a division of Hampton's Youth, Education, and Family Services.
Questions? Please contact Sandra Chong at 757-727-2710 or click here to email.
Mayor's Book Club - 100 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, Virginia 23669 - 757-727-2710