SHS Hosts Nationally Acclaimed Authors

Cynthia Jaynes Omololu and Kathy Patrick will be visiting SHS on September 18th as part of the 7Reads Program.  Other authors plan to visit the elementary and middle schools in the district.   The official press release from District Seven is below:

Spartanburg School District Seven’s Reading Program, Seven Reads, Hosts Nationally-Acclaimed Authors Hester Bass, EB Lewis, Kelly Starling-Lyons, Cynthia Jaynes, and Kathy Patrick


District Seven’s Seven Reads Community Reading Initiative celebrates its seventh year with athree-day 7Reads event on Monday, September 17; Tuesday, September 18 and Wednesday September 19. Acclaimed authors Hester Bass, EB Lewis, Kelly Starling-Lyons, Cynthia Jaynes and Kathy Patrick will spend time with District Seven students and community members to discuss their books. This is second year the 7Reads program has included all schools and grade levels in District 7.

These visits have been organized through District Seven’s Seven Reads Community Reading Initiative. Seven Reads, the district’s summer reading initiative, now in its seventh year, gives a book to every student at Spartanburg High School, EP Todd, Carver & McCracken; then brings in the respective authors and community leaders to discuss the literature with students at the beginning of the school year. This reading program, since its creation, has been a model for more than sixty other schools in the state. Seven Reads was also showcased nationally and internationally in 2007, when syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker published her national article showcasing the program.

In addition to the school visits, this year’s event includes community meetings with the authors.

The community is invited to these events:

  • Monday, September 17, at 7:00pm at The Showroom (149 S. Daniel Morgan Ave) will be a community meeting with Hester Bass, Kelly Starling-Lyons, Kathy Patrick and Cynthia Jaynes.
  • Tuesday, September 18, at 6:00pm at Spartanburg High School in the atrium will be a community meeting with Cynthia Jaynes, Kathy Patrick, and Hester Bass.

Authors will address the audience and answer questions.

All events are free and open to the public.


Complete Schedule/ Press Opportunities:

Monday September 17th

Hester Bass                         Kelly Starling-Lyons                Kathy Patrick

8 – 11:30 Pine                      8 – 11:30 Wright                     8:30 – 11:30 McCracken

12 – 2:30 Houston               12 – 2:30 EP Todd

7:00 Community Event at The Showroom (Hester Bass, Kelly Starling-Lyons, Cynthia Jaynes, Kathy Patrick)


Tuesday September 18th

Hester Bass                          Kelly Starling-Lyons                Kathy Patrick            Cynthia Jaynes           Donna Kokumo Buie (storyteller)

8 – 1:30 Chapman                8 – 11:30 Cleveland                 8 – 11:00 SHS           8 – 3:30 SHS              9:30 – 12 McCarthy Teszler

1:45 – 2:30 ELC                   12 – 2:30 Houston                   1:30 – 3:30 SHS

6:00 Community Event at SHS in the atrium (Hester Bass, Cynthia Jaynes, Kathy Patrick)

Wednesday September 19

EB Lewis (illustrator)

8 – 10:00 McCracken

10:30 – 1:00 Carver

1:30 – 3:30 EP Todd


Dr. Terry Pruitt, Deputy Superintendent, 864-594-4408

Rodney Graves, Director of Secondary Education, 864-594-6180

Jeff Stevens, Principal, Spartanburg High School, 864-594-4410

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