RALEIGH — State Schools Superintendent June Atkinson announced Thursday the start of the 2nd Annual Give Five Read Five campaign to collect books that can be sent home with elementary school students to read over the summer.
Parents, business leaders and community members are being encouraged to donate five new or gently used books to their local elementary schools. Atkinson, who started the campaign last year, cited research from Harvard University showing that reading even four or five books during the summer can help prevent a summer slump.
From late April to mid-June last year, 74 elementary schools collected 123,152 books to send home with students when the school year ended.
Atkinson launched the campaign at Thursdays State Board of Education meeting by highlighting the work of five high school students from Hollands United Methodist Church who have developed a plan to collect 20,000 books for eight elementary schools in Garner. The students received 400 books Thursday from the Durham-based company MetaMetrics.
For more information on the program, go to www.ncpublicschools.org/give5read5/.