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Elkin City Schools along with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction have a Give Five-Read Five campaign under way to promote summer reading for students grades kindergarten through fifth. The book raising campaign will continue until May 23.

“We are asking parents, business leaders and members of our community to donate five new or gently-used books to Elkin Elementary School,” said Shannon Macy Swaim, ECS K-12 curriculum specialist. “We sincerely appreciate all of our parents, business, and community partners joining us in this effort.”

Swaim added that any students who want to participate in the campaign may turn in book donations at their respective schools. Grade levels are competing within schools to see how many books can be turned in to reach and possibly surpass the Give Five-Read Five campaign goal. Swaim said kids are appreciative of books they received last year.

From experience, Swaim found many still enjoy the classics. She also recommended some popular titles such as “The Magic Tree House,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” or “Disney’s The Neverland Girls.” Elkin Elementary School Media Coordinator Shawna Poindexter said during last year’s campaign the elementary school collected close to 3,000 books, enough to send kids home for the summer with three books. Last year, some of the older kids were good about donating books they had previously enjoyed for the younger ones to read. She said she hopes that will be the case again this campaign.


Elkin Tribune