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Bright Key Slingluff to Host Book Signing Day for Students

DOTHAN, Alabama – (WDNews) The creative talents of Morris Slingluff Elementary students will take center stage on May 13, 2024, as they unveil their “WE SPEAK” poetry magazine during a special Book Signing Day event.

Under the guidance of Bright Key volunteers, 63 students from grades 1st through 6th have crafted heartfelt poems, now compiled into a printed magazine. Research highlights the importance of poetry in nurturing language and literacy skills among young learners, fostering both creativity and comprehension.

“We are planning an exciting day to celebrate these students who created their first poems,” said Bright Key Resource Coordinator Rosalind James. “We are very proud of their work and hope that some of the students will be inspired to become future authors.”

The event, set to kick off at 9:00 a.m. in the school gymnasium, promises a lively atmosphere. Dothan High Wolves Cheerleaders will extend a warm welcome, while classmates eagerly queue up to sign their peers’ copies of “WE SPEAK.” Mayor Mark Saliba will officially declare the day as “Bright Key WE SPEAK Book Signing Day,” with Governor Kay lvey providing recognition certificates to the budding authors.

WTVY News Anchor Beyla Walker will guide the proceedings as the event’s emcee. Additionally, the school will pay tribute to the dedicated volunteers of the Academic Dream Room program, who have tirelessly mentored students in math and reading throughout the school year.


About Bright Key – Bright Key is a strategy for Dothan City Schools to pilot an innovative, grassroots community schools initiative in area schools Bright Key involves school-community stakeholders (parents, teachers and others) in the identification and implementation of programs and services to maximize the academic potential of every child. Each school’s program is uniquely tailored to positively impact the children, schools, families and communities of the individual school. Programs and services are invited into the schools through a self-sustaining model that will continually engage the active participation of the stakeholders. Bright Key has been at Highlands Elementary and Selma Street Elementary for over eight years and expanded to Heard Elementary and Morris Slingluff, Elementary in 2021. Faine Elementary & Girard Intermediate became Bright Key schools in 2023.


Parents, media representatives, and community members are encouraged to join in the celebration. For further details, please reach out to Rosalind James, Bright Key Slingluff Coordinator, at Morris Slingluff Elementary School (334) 794-1479. To learn more about the Bright KeyR program, contact Brittany Shepard, Bright KeyR District Coordinator for Dothan City Schools, at (334) 589-9148.

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