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The NCDPI first launched the statewide Give Five - Read Five campaign in 2013 to address summer learning loss. As a part of this annual effort, parents, business leaders and community members donate five or more new or gently used books to local elementary schools so that students have books to take home at the end of the school year because research from Harvard shows that reading five books helps students to better retain literacy skills over the summer.

During the first year of the campaign, 74 elementary schools collected 123,152 books. The 2014 campaign built on this success as 150 schools from 53 school districts collected and distributed 277,334 books—more than double what was collected in the previous year. In 2015, we reached the goal of collecting more than 500,000 books statewide!

In 2016, we took the Give Five – Read Five campaign one step further. As a part of a new partnership with myON, a division of Capstone, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction offered every student in the state access to the personalized literacy tool myON Reader.  Students at every grade level were able to use this tool during the summer months and collectively they read 220,000 books online. In addition, 137 schools across 48 districts and one charter school collected nearly 460,000 new and gently used books that were distributed before summer break.

Also in 2016, the top four schools that collected the most books received a free one-year schoolwide license to online literacy tools provided by campaign partners Achieve3000Reading Horizons and myON.

  • Overall Winner: Winding Springs Elementary (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools), 16,530 books collected, awarded a one-year school license to a personalized literacy program from myON
  • Small School Winner: Aberdeen Primary (Moore County Schools), 10,399 books collected, awarded a one-year school-wide subscription to Reading Horizons
  • Medium School Winner: Union Elementary (Cleveland County Schools), 5,782 books collected, awarded a one-year school license to Reading Horizons
  • Large School Winner: Don D. Steed Elementary (Hoke County Schools), 10,527 books collected, awarded a one-year site license to literacy software from Achieve3000

Some schools benefitted from partnerships with organizations that specialize in campaigns with goals similar to Give Five – Read FiveBook Harvest, a Durham-based nonprofit, provided books to 8,903 elementary students in Durham Public Schools, Orange County Schools, Chatham County Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools through its "Books on Break" program. Similarly, the WAKE Up and Read community collaboration provided more than 114,000 books to schools, childcare centers and community centers serving children in Wake County.

MetaMetrics, a Give Five – Read Five partner and Durham-based company focused on differentiating instruction and personalizing learning, donated 400 new books to students at Taylorsville Elementary School. Each child in the school will be given a book to take home and keep before winter break and new titles will be added to the school library.

Other Give Five – Read Five partners and supporters include the North Carolina Campus Compact and Communities In Schools of North Carolina.

See the final numbers for all participating schools and community organizations below:

  • 2016 Book Donation Totals by School/District/Organization:
    (xlsx, 23kb)

Thanks to all the schools, districts, churches, nonprofits, businesses and other community partners who supported the 2016 Give Five – Read Five campaign! Your efforts helped thousands of students enter school this fall better prepared to learn.