GIVE FIVE - READ FIVE
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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. See the 2014 book collection totals by school here.
Book donation totals by school
This year, our goal is for every elementary school in the state to participate so we can send 500,000 books home with students when the school year ends!
As in past years, school principals, media coordinators and district public information officers, businesses, church groups and other community organizations will coordinate book collection and distribution at the local level. Middle and high schools can "adopt" elementary schools. Some high schools are allowing students to earn service hours credit for collecting books for the campaign. Church groups, after-school clubs and other community organizations can conduct their own book drives. Businesses can host book collection boxes and book stores can support this effort by offering discounts on books purchased for the campaign.
There are many ways to be involved in Give Five – Read Five this year. Please contact your local elementary school principal or your school district's public information officer today to find out how you can help students enter school next year better prepared to read and learn.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction