The Highlands School to Host Annual Read-a-Thon Featuring “Celebrity” Guest Readers


The Highlands School will host its annual Read-a-Thon beginning Feb. 13 and concluding Feb. 24. The Read-a-Thon will feature celebrity guests from across the region who will read to students in class. The students will aim to read for a record 10,000 minutes during the Read-a-Thon. 

“I am thrilled to kick off our annual Read-a-Thon, which celebrates how much we love reading at The Highlands School. The event enriches our curriculum, and the guest readers delight students and teachers alike,” said Head of School Claudia Nachtigal. “Reading comprehension is the cornerstone of childhood literacy and development, and it is imperative that we keep students engaged and excited about reading.”

Ferrous and Jack Graham from the Aberdeen Ironbirds will join Nachtigal at drop off in the car line on Monday, Feb. 13 to kick off the Read-a-Thon.

The guest readers include:

  • Jack Graham, General Manager of the Aberdeen Ironbirds
  • Pam Pruce, local author and owner of Three Oaks Farm
  • Dr. Timothy Sherwood, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Harford Community College
  • Local author D.A. Jennings 
  • Michelle Karczeski, Harford County Clerk of the Circuit Court
  • Reese Jones of Jones Family Farm
  • Inspector McCashland, Canine Handler atU.S. Department of Homeland Security and his K9 Duke
  • Kristy Breslin of CBS Baltimore 
  • Kait Weber, Executive Director of Ballet Chesapeake
  • Casey Comber, professional distance runner with the Under Armour-sponsored team in Baltimore

The Read-a-Thon will officially conclude on Feb. 24 with an assembly where Kristy Breslin will read before a re-dedication of The Highlands School library. 

About The Highlands School

The Highlands School is an AIMS-accredited school that specializes in educating students with learning differences and achievement gaps. Founded in 1996, The Highlands School was originally located in Street, Maryland. In 2007, The Highlands School moved to a beautiful 18-acre campus in Bel Air, Maryland that was once home to the Preakness-winning racehorse Deputed Testamony.

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