NEWS RELEASES 2016-17

NEWS RELEASES 2016-17 :: JUNE 7, 2017

NC SUPERINTENDENT MARK JOHNSON TO VISIT
C.C. SPAULDING ELEMENTARY FOR BOOKS ON BREAK EVENT
LOCAL BOOK DRIVE SUPPORTS JOHNSON’S NC READS INITIATIVE

NC Superintendent Mark Johnson will visit C.C. Spaulding Elementary School on Thursday, June 8, at 10 a.m., to help students select books for summer reading as part of Book Harvest’s Books on Break program. C. C. Spaulding is located at 1531 S. Roxboro Street, Durham.

Johnson will read a book to students at the school, and then he will assist other volunteers in helping students select books that they can take home to read over the summer.

This local book distribution event is a part of NC Reads, an initiative Johnson launched in April. NC Reads promotes three goals to combat the “summer brain drain:”

  • collect books, and funds for books, to donate to preschoolers and students for summer reading;
  • distribute free subscriptions for every student in K-5 to myON, which provides each user with a personalized literacy environment; and
  • develop the NC Reads online resource to seamlessly connect volunteers, donors, and stakeholders to literacy efforts and programs across North Carolina.

All North Carolinians can play a role in developing a state of readers,” said State Superintendent Mark Johnson. “I am very pleased to see the enthusiasm of the C.C. Spaulding community as they have come together to distribute books for their students to read over the summer. I encourage every parent to make sure their children read over the summer and on other school breaks.

This is the fifth consecutive year that the NC Department of Public Instruction has encouraged local communities to collect or purchase and distribute appropriate books to elementary school students. A revamped website provides a clearinghouse of local book drive sponsors so that volunteers and donations can be connected to local organizations that sponsor local book drives and fundraising efforts.

Book Harvest provides books to children in central North Carolina and engages families and communities to promote children’s lifelong literacy and academic success.

Visit the NC Reads website for more information.

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.