From left, Sandy Springs Charter Middle School student Muhammed Ismail Sanchez, Sandy Springs Education Force member Irene Schweiger, student Tema Mahsam, Sandy Springs Rotary member J. Barry Smith, Sandy Springs Charter Middle School graduation coach Janet Lane, State Farm owner and agent Fran Farias, and student Dylan Fetherston, stand with donated copies of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the book chosen for the “Sandy Springs Reads” event. The students are participating in the “One Book, One Community” campaign, which promotes literacy and encourages people to engage in discussion.

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.