State seeks book donations to encourage summer reading for kids

Posted April 23, 2013

— The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has launched the “Give Five – Read Five” campaign to encourage elementary school students to read during their summer break from school.

State Superintendent June Atkinson is asking residents and businesses to donate five new or gently used books to their local elementary school. The books will be given to students on the last day of school.

Businesses that donate 50 or more books will be recognized, and the top three schools that collect the most books will receive prizes.

Studies show that reading during the school break helps students with retention and other skills.


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  • rk1115 Apr 24, 2013

    I use to hate reading, and actually still do. Waste of time and effort, I can think of a billion of different things to do then sit down and read.

  • Frank Downtown Apr 23, 2013

    1nclady: Not everyone lives near a libary and then you have to get there so if both parents are working the child cannot get the books.

  • hawk_fan Apr 23, 2013

    "Is there some reason they can't use public libraries? 1nclady"

    A valid point, but in our county funding cut our Bookmobile that went to remote locations. We have many students who live about 25 miles away from our public library. The one library that is closer (about 5 miles) won't allow those children to join because they live in a different county.

  • 1nclady Apr 23, 2013

    Is there some reason they can't use public libraries?