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GHCS READING CAMPAIGN, GRANT GETS STUDENTS READING ON THE GO

District adding thousands of eBooks to help keep kids reading 20 minutes per day.

Parents, what free activity can your kids do each day to help them get better grades, increase their test scores and be more likely to get high-paying jobs? If you guessed reading, you’re right. Just 20 minutes of reading per day will expose children to thousands of new words and better prepare them for academic success.

Guilford County Schools is continuing its emphasis on reading with a new initiative, GCS Reads 20, which keeps students focused on reading 20 minutes per day. Last year, GCS students read more than 222 million minutes during the Roadmap to Reading campaign, for an average of 53 hours per student.

“Reading is such an important building block for all other facets of education, but it should also be fun,” says Dr. Beth Folger, chief academic officer. “We want all GCS students to make reading a daily habit, not only to help them succeed but to show them the joy that books can bring.”