Haygood Inspires Columbus Readers

Aug 16, 2013

A big day for Columbus kids in the city's summer reading program. At their graduation ceremony yesterday - journalist and author Wil Haygood.

Haygood's book about White House butler Eugene Allen inspired the making of the major motion picture, The Butler - which had its premiere in Columbus on Wednesday. His focus yesterday though -  inspiring the kids in his hometown.

The Columbus City Readers program for boys in grades 6-12 is a collaboration between Mayor Michael Coleman, Columbus Board of Education member Hanifah Kambon and community partners. Kambon says they added a few new elements this year.

The summer program also added writing assignments and included an arts component where the kids could take part in performing arts and music.