MEAC Celebrates 2020 Read With MEac Winners

NORFOLK, Va., March 10, 2020–The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) partnered with Norfolk Public Schools, the city of Norfolk and TowneBank on Tuesday morning to honor Tarrallton Elementary School, the winner of the 2020 Read with MEac competition.

While a lot of the focus this week is on the Basketball Tournament, Read with MEac touched lives in way that might be even more impactful.

Read with MEac was founded by the MEAC’s Senior Woman Administrators with the intent of promoting the love and importance of reading.

Ms. Sonja Stills, MEAC Senior Associate Commissioner/Senior Woman Administrator, Ms. Sandra Booker, MEAC Chair of the Senior Woman Administrators, Superintendent Dr. Sharon Byrdsong, and Ms. Yvonne Almond, Senior VP of TowneBank were all in attendance and made remarks. They greeted the students, congratulated them on their accomplishment, and commended them on their commitment to reading and academics.

 “We had a focus on literacy in Norfolk Public Schools,” Dr. Byrdsong said, “and this is an engaging way to have our children enjoy books of interest.”

The significance of the event wasn’t lost on anyone, as it allowed the MEAC and TowneBank to reach out and impact the youth in a meaningful way.

“Read with MEac is one of our favorite [partnerships] because kids need to learn how to read,” Almond said. “It’s very important for the community and the bank.”

“We don’t want to just have a basketball tournament in the city, but we want to impact the city. These kids did an amazing job,” Stills added.

At the end of the celebration, Tallarton Elementary received a check for $2,000.

Cheerleaders, mascots, student-athletes and athletic administrators from MEAC institutions helped celebrate the students.

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