We have an exciting invitation for you from SHORT the Squirrel, a lovable character bringing literacy moments to our youngest citizens. SHORT the Squirrel is a new non-profit organization endorsed by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey.
SHORT’s first birthday is February 22, and we are celebrating with a virtual reading pep rally. This 30-minute birthday celebration will be filmed in advance so you can view and vet and is completely FREE. The target audience will be first graders, but anyone interested in sharing the love of reading is invited to share with their classes.
- Teachers who RSVP (link below) will receive a FREE prep packet with activities designed for interactive engagement while classes view the pep rally/birthday party.
- The 30-minute pep rally will be broken into brief learning segments that will include music and bringing stories to life with SHORT, who will make his debut appearance. The event will be correlated to the Alabama course of study. You can choose to show all of the pep rally at one sitting or spread out the viewing.
- The program will be hosted by Troy University Alumni Gerry Brooks, “America’s Principal.”
- A special thank you to Montgomery County Commissioner Ronda Walker whose generous support and encouragement has made SHORT’s birthday party/pep rally a reality for all young citizens!
SHORT will be making visits to elementary and primary schools, virtually at first and then in person once safety measures allow. Stay tuned on SHORT’s Instagram/Facebook pages or by checking the website for booking information post-reading pep rally!
SHORT the Squirrel is a non-profit founded in 2020 and was created after a Mobile County Assistant District Attorney, saw young children spending large unoccupied blocks of time in the courtroom. Her mother Monica Anderson Young and Dr. Dee Dupree Bennett created SHORT the Squirrel as a mechanism to fill the gap with “edutainment” and are establishing SHORT as literacy’s identifiable, lovable mascot for children. The first SHORT activity booklet , SHORT in Court, will be released in all 67 Alabama county court systems in early 2021. The SHORT team seeks to identify other fillable gaps for fun literacy-building moments. We are so proud to partner with educators like you on this journey.