NEWS RELEASES 2015-16 :: MARCH 23, 2016


For the past three years, schools, districts and other public school partners have come together at the end of each traditional school year to offer students “Christmas in June.” Thanks to the annual statewide Give Five – Read Five campaign and related local efforts, North Carolina students have received more than 946,000 new and gently-used books to take home to read over the summer and keep forever. This year, thanks to a new partnership between the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and myON, a division of Capstone, students will receive books from local drives and they will have access to thousands of digital book titles that can be downloaded for free over the summer through the myON Reader online literacy tool.

Give Five – Read Five has grown in ways I could have never imagined since we first launched the effort in 2013,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “More impressive than the total number of books collected is the overwhelming enthusiasm and joy I have seen among principals, teachers, students and supporters as young learners get to select their very own books to take home at the end of the school year. And with our new partnership with myON, I am hopeful that we will make significant strides this year in increasing access to quality reading material and reducing summer learning loss throughout our state.” 

Atkinson launched the first Give Five – Read Five campaign in 2013 as research from Harvard revealed that reading just five books over the summer can reduce students’ learning loss. As a part of this effort, districts, schools, businesses, nonprofits, churches and other community partners conduct local book drives from April to early June. Books from these local drives are then distributed to students to provide them with quality reading material over the summer. Teachers, principals and others report book collection totals to Diane Dulaney with NCDPI by June 17. The top four schools that collect the most books receive a free one-year schoolwide license to online literacy tools provided by campaign partners Achieve3000, Reading Horizons and myON. Other Give Five – Read Five partners and supporters include MetaMetrics, the North Carolina Campus Compact, Book Harvest and Communities In Schools of North Carolina.

Last year, Winding Springs Elementary (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools) placed among the top schools in the state by collecting more than 10,000 books in its 2015 Give Five – Read Five campaign. The school received a one-year school license to myON Reader in recognition of this accomplishment.

“The Give Five – Read Five campaign has dramatically increased the level of resources available to Winding Springs students. Last year, we collected 10,549 books and were able to give each student 10 books to take home and read over the summer to diminish the effects of summer loss, build home libraries and promote the district’s North Star Literacy program,” said Winding Springs Principal Courtney Wall. “Our free subscription to myON has transformed our school’s literacy program by providing students access to thousands of books. So far, students have read more than 11,000 books through myON. Both Give Five – Read Five and myON have been instrumental in helping Winding Springs students reach our literacy goals.”

Through this year’s new partnership with myON, students at every grade level in participating schools, not just the winning schools, can use the myON Reader tool over the summer to download free books well-matched to their reading levels and personal interests. The tool also can track how many pages and hours students spend reading and measure students’ literacy growth.

Districts may register with myON to ensure students in all schools have access to the tool. For last year’s book collection totals by school and resources to help schools and community partners conduct book drives, visit NCDPI’s Give Five – Read Five website.

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.