Kingsport Superintendent Story Time begins next month

Rick Wagner • May 27, 2019 at 7:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Is Kingsport Superintendent of Schools Jeff Moorhouse starting his own version of Oprah’s Book Club, albeit for elementary readers?

Well, not exactly, but Moorhouse is launching a program to read a summer bedtime story of sorts on the Kingsport City Schools Facebook page nine times over the summer. It is called Superintendent Story Time. (As a side note, Oprah Winfrey’s program for adult reading started in 1996 and has recommended 80 books.)

Moorhouse said KCS Superintendent Story Time is a new summer reading engagement opportunity designed for elementary students and their families. Here’s how it will work: Moorhouse will read a different book each Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. during the months of June and July on the Facebook page, making for a total of nine story times. For those who might like to buy a copy of the book or check out one from the library to be read in a particular week, Moorehouse said he will share the titles ahead of time on the Facebook page.

“Books have played an important role in what I am and who my family are as well,” Moorehouse said in a YouTube video announcing the program. He said he used to read bedtime stories to his two daughters when they were growing up.

“One of our best pastimes was the reading of bedtime stories,” Moorhouse said. “I wanted to be able to pass on my love of reading to both our families and our students as well.”

Moorhouse said he will do the readings from different elementary school libraries across KCS.

To participate, like the KCS Facebook Page, KptSchools, and go to the page at 8 p.m. each Tuesday in June and July.