Ready, Set… Read!

On Monday, March 3, Kerrie Gilbert, co-owner of Gilbert & Sheppard Group, took time out of her busy schedule to read Dr. Seuss classics to students at the Ellijay Primary School as part of “Read Across America Day.”

Kerrie was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of Kids Ferst, a non-profit organization in Gilmer County (GA) that is focused on improving early literacy by providing books to prepare Gilmer County preschool children for reading and learning success. Several volunteers from Kids Ferst participated in today’s special reading time honoring Dr. Seuss.

Later this month Kerrie will also be reading to kids at the Gilmer County Food Pantry’s Kids Ferst Reading Room.

Kerrie is passionate about promoting and improving early literacy, though she notes that as a kid, she was “not a good reader at all – especially out loud.”

“I was painfully shy and stuttered terribly when asked to read in class. But when I became an Aunt at a young age, that eventually changed. Reading Dr. Seuss and other books to my nieces and nephews, and later my goddaughter, helped me discover a love for entertaining children and for being captivated by a story,” she says.

“Now, I am honored to be a Kids Ferst volunteer and I look forward to lots of reading time with our Gilmer County kids!”