Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
PEP Donates 120,000 Free Books for GCS Students
Over 10,000 elementary school students attending 18 targeted schools will have their summers brightened as Public Education Partners celebrates the donation of 120,000 books and kicks off the Make Summer Count reading campaign.
Each child will receive 12 free books as part of PEP’s Early Grades Reading Initiative, which is a collaborative effort with Greenville County Schools on its district-wide implementation of balanced Literacy.
Students at each targeted school are visiting Book Fairs to make their own choices about the books they want to read. “When a child is able to choose his or her own books, he or she is more likely to spend time reading for pleasure during the summer,” she added.
PEP aims to increase the percentage of students reading on grade level by third grade. “Research has shown that students who don’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely not to graduate high school on time,” said Grier Mullins, PEP’s Executive Director.
PEP’s Book Fairs and Make Summer Count campaign are made possible by donors like Michelin North America, GE, Fluor, and Greenville Health System, Greenville County Schools, Greenville County Library, United Way of Greenville County, and the Hispanic Alliance. Visit www.pepgc.org for more information about PEP and its initiatives.