NEWS RELEASES 2014-15 :: JUNE 29, 2015


Thanks to the statewide summer reading campaign Give Five – Read Five and similar local efforts, thousands of public school students won’t have to spend the summer without books to read. As a part of these campaigns, businesses, nonprofits, churches and even other middle and high schools collected more than 546,000 books for students to take home and read to help them maintain literacy skills during summer break.

State Superintendent June Atkinson first launched Give Five – Read Five in 2013 as a way to help local districts reduce summer learning loss. Since the campaign’s beginning, more than 946,000 new and gently used books have been sent home with students as a part of Give Five – Read Five and similar efforts.  This year alone,276 participating North Carolina schools and organizations distributed 546,896 books to students, nearly doubling last year’s total of 277,000 books collected by 150 schools.

"Every year we have conducted this campaign, I have been amazed by the enthusiasm with which teachers, parents and community partners have embraced Give Five – Read Five," said Atkinson. "Thanks to their efforts, what started as a simple idea has now put nearly one million books in the hands of elementary students in just three years. I applaud the participating schools and their supporting communities for their continued hard work and dedication to reducing summer learning loss in North Carolina."

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is awarding prizes to schools in four different size divisions that collected the most books in independent Give Five – Read Five campaigns. The following four winners will receive a one-year subscription to a school-wide literacy tool:

  • Fewer than 400 students: Aberdeen Primary (Moore County Schools), 10,589 books collected, awarded a one-year school-wide subscription to KidBiz3000® from Achieve3000 
  • 400-600 students: White Oak Elementary (Edenton-Chowan Schools), 13,000 books collected, awarded a one-year school license to a personalized literacy program from myON
  • 601-900 students: Winding Springs Elementary (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools), 10,549 books collected, awarded a one-year school license to a personalized literacy program from myON
  • More than 900 students: Polenta Elementary (Johnston County Schools), 5,417 books collected, awarded a one-year site license to Scholastic Reading Counts!® from Scholastic

Some schools benefitted from partnerships with organizations that specialize in campaigns with goals similar to Give Five – Read Five. Book Harvest, a Durham-based nonprofit, provided more than 25,000 books to elementary students in Durham Public Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools through its "Books on Break" program.  Similarly, the WAKE Up and Read community collaboration provided more than 105,000 books to schools, childcare centers and community centers serving children in Wake County.

"With support from MetaMetrics and many other state and local partners, Give Five – Read Five has evolved and grown so much since 2013," said Atkinson. "It’s inspiring to see how many people recognize that summer reading loss is an important issue and have made it a priority to help young readers across our state." 

For more information and a complete list of Give Five – Read Five participants, visit the Give Five – Read Five website or contact the NCDPI Communications division at 919.807.3450. 

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.