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Second Graders Take Part In The United States Of Reading

Nov 15th, 2010 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

Slassrooms_CareNovember 15, 2010— Second graders in Jen Gerber’s class at East High Street Elementary School are taking part in a reading challenge, that when finished, will not only improve their reading skills but also benefit students less fortunate.

The challenge is part of Scholastic’s Classrooms Care Program. This literacy challenge is titled The United States of Reading. It is geared to encourage children to read regularly. Each student was challenged to read 10 books by December 17. In return, Scholastic will donate the same number of books (around 260) to disadvantaged children in Pennsylvania.

Classrooms Care is a philanthropy-based campaign meant to teach children about the joys and importance of both reading and giving to those in need. Organizations benefiting include Reach Out and Read, Save the Children, and the Pajama Program.

According to Gerber, the students are up to the task. “The students were shocked to learn that in some schools there is only one book for every 300 students,” Gerber said. “We think those numbers are reversed here at our school and the students are excited to help other students have access to books like we do.”

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