"Reading's crucial. You can't make it without it, in any job, in any situation," says Anita Hammond. She's the media specialist at Rockford Elementary School. The way she sees it, books are like road maps to a brighter future. Her students see it that way too.
"If you don't learn to read, then you can't do your favorite subjects. Like my favorite subject's math and if I never would've learned how to read it would be hard to do word problems and stuff like that," says 5th grader Jaci Eason.
8th grader Kortney Marbury adds, "She's helpful, at first I didn't like reading that much, but when I got into her class when she was teaching, caught onto some books really."
Hammond has been teaching in Coosa County for ten years. Now as a media specialist she's out of the classroom and into the library. "This way I get to touch all of the lives in the school, and can enjoy all of them, but this way I also get to teach reading skills and things in the library with the library skills as well," she says.
Hammond applies for grant money for the school, coordinates the accelerated reader program and assesses student reading skills. Principal Bruce Cantrell says, "she's also my lead teacher and we don't assistant principals, so that's really important to me. And she just takes loads of work off of me and she handles all of our programs."
Hammond has served as sponsor for Rockford Elementary's cheerleaders and 4-H club. In the community she's active with Rockford's Christmas Parade and the Coosa County Family Festival.