'GIVE FIVE, READ FIVE' NETS 25,000 BOOKS IN ROWAN-SALSIBURY
Thanks to a statewide reading campaign, Rowan County's elementary school students now have about 25,000 books to read over summer vacation. June Atkinson, state superintendent of public instruction, challenged schools across North Carolina in May to send home five books with every student to encourage and promote continued summer reading. The Rowan-Salisbury School System collected nearly 25,000 books for the "Give Five, Read Five" initiative, and the Kannapolis City School System brought in more than 3,000.This was a great school and community effort to promote reading by placing books into the hands of our children for the summer," said Rowan-Salisbury spokeswoman Rita Foil. She said the number of books given to students varied at each school and at each level of reading. For example, some schools received more donations of books for younger students than for older ones. Though the school system didn't meet its goal of 46,110 books, all of its elementary school students got to take home some vacation reading.