The iRead Initiative Program is a collaboration with DeKalb County Schools, DeKalb County Sheriff Dept., DeKalb County Police Dept., DeKalb Lawyers Association, and The 100 Black Men of DeKalb to demonstrate the importance of reading to our elementary school students. These community leaders devote their time to volunteer and read on a bi-weekly basis to the students enrolled in the DeKalb County elementary schools.
The ultimate goal of the iRead Initiative Program is to portray the image of strong, educated, and talented black men reading to young and impressible students to help form a positive and impactful message regarding the necessity of reading and education. It is the belief of the 100 Black Men of DeKalb that if young students are interested in reading and comprehending at a young age, then the students attendance will increase, students achievement level will improve, and students analytical skills will advance in all subjects.
The program overseers are President John Hollins, David Manuel, Chair, Andre Deas, Asst. Chair, and Miriam Fountain, iRead Coordinator.