GaDOE, partners to donate more than 100,000 books to local libraries
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – According to the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), when students do not read over the summer break months, students lose their academic abilities.
State Superintendent Richard Woods, Change 4 Georgia, Better World Books and Scholastic are teaming up to donate more than 100, 000 books to Georgia community libraries.
Woods said in a news release he wants Georgia students to continue to read throughout the summer.
“Literacy is a top priority for my administration and a core focus in our agency’s strategic plan,” Woods says, “Summer reading is critically important for maintaining and growing reading abilities, so we strongly urge every Georgia student to read this summer. However, we didn’t want to make that recommendation without providing the resources to make it a reality – and I’m grateful that, with the help of many generous partners, we’ll be able to get books into the hands of Georgia’s kids this summer. I also encourage students and parents to go to their local library and take advantage of the resources they have available and read all throughout the summer.”
The GaDOE plans to host several summer reading events for students. You and your family are invited to attend the events, which coordinators say will include summer reading activities and programs, plus an opportunity to receive free books.
The events will be hosted:
Thursday, June 2 in Macon from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Washington Memorial Library
1180 Washington Avenue
Macon, GA 31201
Wednesday, June 15 in Dalton from noon – 1 p.m.
Dalton-Whitfield County Library
310 Cappes Street
Dalton, GA 30720
Friday, June 24 in Fitzgerald from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Library
123 North Main St.
Fitzgerald, GA 31750
Friday, June 24 in Bainbridge from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Bainbridge Middle School
1301 East College Street
Bainbridge, GA 39817
Students can log onto summerreading.gadoe.org to track the books they read this summer.
The Georgia Department of Education will keep track of books read and recognize winning students, schools, and districts.