Every student at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School has a new book to add to their home library thanks to the efforts of the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. who work in the Atlanta Public Schools’ central office.
In honor of their 112th Founders’ Day, the members of AKA wanted to put service in the forefront of their January 15th celebrations by supporting the APS Race 2 Read program.
“Building home libraries is an important aspect of reading development. We wanted to put books in our students hands to further encourage the goal of Race 2 Read which is free choice reading,” said Jennifer Saunders, APS Media Specialist At Large and AKA member.
The following high-quality, age appropriate books were delivered:
PreK/K – The Snowy Day
1st Grade – Chicken in Charge
2nd Grade -The Berenstain Bears: We Love the Library
3rd Grade – Donavan’s Word Jar
4th Grade – Zoey & Sassafras
5th Grade – I’m OK
Giddy with excitement, the students eagerly wrote their names in their books and began to scan through them as they received the surprise gifts. More than a dozen AKA members made deliveries throughout the school and encouraged the students to read a minimum of 20 minutes per day.
“Reading 20 minutes a day drastic improves vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension and prepares students for college, career and beyond,” Saunders said.