This Principal Reads Books On Facebook Every Week To Ensure Her Students Have A Bedtime Story

March 2, 2019

A first-year elementary school principal in Beaumont, TX, takes to Facebook live every Tuesday night to read a bedtime story to her students.

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Belinda George / Photo credit: Kim Brent/The Enterprise

Homer Drive Elementary School Principal Belinda George sits in front of her iPhone every Tuesday night at 7:30 pm and reads a story streamed to children on the school's Facebook page.

"I want to extend what I do past 4 pm. I'm not in every child's home, so I don't know if all or any of them have someone to read to them at night. This is just a way to give the children that exposure," George told The Enterprise.

George calls it "Tucked-in Tuesdays," and it's become somewhat of a sensation at her school.

 

"Kids will come up to me Wednesday and say, ‘Dr. George, I saw you in your PJs reading!," she said. "They'll tell me their favorite part of the book."

George started the readings in December for her students, but it's begun to expand beyond Homer Drive Elementary. Parents and children from across the country are starting to tune in, as well.

George also gives a personal shout-out to the students who have signed on and pop up on her screen.

"The bottom line is I love, love kids," she said.

"I know if I don't reach them outside of school I never reach them in school."

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