CHS book giving program under way

Local Clinton City Schools are currently collecting books for the ‘Give Five – Read Five’ campaign.

Students from Laura Glover’s first-grade class enjoy reading books.

Educational leaders throughout North Carolina are currently collecting books for the “Give Five – Read Five” campaign.

Clinton City Schools (CCS) is partnering with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) as part of a statewide initiative. Community members are being encouraged to donate five books for elementary students to take home at the end of the school year.

Faith Jackson, CCS community liaison and grant writer, said one of the purposes is to help bridge the reading gap that students experience during the summer months, when homework is not distributed.

“Our children are a part of our community and we want to send a message to Clinton City Schools students that Clinton is behind their students and we want what’s best for them.” Jackson said. “We want them to go on adventures that books can give students just by reading.”

All five CCS schools are participating and will be collecting books until May 30. First Citizens Bank of Clinton is also collecting books for students. Jackson said books are slowly coming in. New and gently used books will be accepted.

“We’re very thankful that the community supports Clinton City School students,” she said.

In June, Jackson said the number of books distributed will depend on the donations.

“Once we have a full count, we’ll be able to designate how many books each child gets,” she said.

DPI officials launched the statewide Give Five – Read Five campaign in 2013. During the first year of the campaign, more than 70 elementary school collected 123, 152 books. According to the DPI staff, the amount of participation increased the following year. In 2014, 150 schools from 53 school district collected 277,334 books. Currently, the state’s goal is to collect 500,000.

In a news release, June Atkinson, state superintendent of Public Instruction, stated there’s many ways to get involved in the campaign.

“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,” Atkinson stated.

For more information or to have books picked up, contact Jackson at 910-592-3132.