SHINE of Luzerne County at Wilkes University and the Office of Diversity Initiatives at Wilkes will hold the event African American Read-In on Feb. 21. The event will take place at the Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center, 350 Jumper Road, Wilkes-Barre from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. During the event, Wilkes students will read from the book, “We Could Be Brothers,” by Derrick Barnes to SHINE after-school students.
The National African American Read-In is the nation’s oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of black history month.
SHINE of Lurzerne County at Wilkes University serves students in six centers. SHINE, which stands for Schools and Homes In Education, is offered four days a week and uses a project-based STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) curriculum to kindle excitement about learning. School districts served by the program are Hanover Area, Hazleton Area, Greater Nanticoke Area, Wilkes-Barre Area and Wyoming Valley West.