NEWS RELEASES 2016-17 :: SEPTEMBER 12, 2016


Thanks to the statewide summer reading campaign Give Five – Read Five and similar local efforts, thousands of public school students had access to books this summer that they might not otherwise have had.

Throughout the spring, businesses, nonprofits, churches and even other middle and high schools collected nearly 460,000 books for students to take home and read to help them maintain literacy skills during summer break. In addition, 220,000 books were read online with the myON Reader. Through a partnership with myON, a division of Capstone, all schools were given free summer access to the personalized literacy tool for the first time this year.

“I am so pleased that in its fourth year, the Give Five – Read Five program continues to grow and incorporate new avenues for providing elementary students with books,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “I applaud the participating schools, their supporting communities, and partners like myON and MetaMetrics for their continued hard work and dedication to reducing summer learning loss in North Carolina.”

Atkinson first launched Give Five – Read Five in 2013 as a way to help local districts reduce summer learning loss. Since the campaign’s beginning, nearly 1.5 million new and gently used books have been sent home with students as a part of Give Five – Read Five and similar efforts. This year alone, 137 schools across 48 districts and one charter school collected nearly 460,000 new and gently used books.

Some schools benefitted from partnerships with organizations that specialize in campaigns with goals similar to Give Five – Read Five. Book 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.

“The Give Five - Read Five campaign initiated by Dr. June Atkinson has played a huge role in reducing summer reading loss across our state. As a corporate partner, MetaMetrics is pleased to provide financial support in helping students have access to books,” said CEO, President and Co-founder of MetaMetrics Malbert Smith III, Ph.D. The books were purchased through the First Book Marketplace. First Book is a non-profit with the mission of providing new, high quality books to children from low-income families.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is awarding prizes to schools in four different size divisions that collected the most books in independent Give Five – Read Five campaigns. The following four winners will receive a one-year subscription to a school-wide literacy tool:

  • 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

For more information and a complete list of Give Five – Read Five participants, visit the Give Five – Read Five website or contact NCDPI Communications at 919.807.3450.

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.