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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 campaign, parents, business leaders and community members are encouraged to donate five new or gently used books to local elementary schools so that students have books to take home at the end of the school year. We focus on providing five books 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 our goal of collecting more than 500,000 books statewide!!!! See the final numbers below and read about the winning schools in our press release.

Special thanks goes to the following Give Five – Read Five partners: MetaMetrics, myON, Scholastic and Achieve3000.  

Thanks to all the schools, districts, churches, nonprofits, businesses and other community partners who worked so hard to make the 2015 Give Five – Read Five campaign such a great success!! Your efforts will help thousands of students enter school this fall better prepared to learn.




June Atkinson
State Superintendent of Public Instruction