“A Top Reader Lives Here,” says the yard signs delivered to avid readers across Atlanta Public Schools. In the first month of the third annual APS Race2Read Challenge, our top readers have helped log 798,566 minutes of leisurely reading.
This year APS is once again partnering with Urban League of Greater Atlanta to challenge students, teachers, staff, parents, community members and business partners to read daily to help collectively reach 10 million minutes of leisure reading this academic year.
“Encouraging our students to leisurely read remains a priority for Atlanta Public Schools, particularly during the pandemic that has presented many students with stresses,” said Patrice Laird-Walker, APS Media Services Coordinator. “Reading 20 minutes a day for pleasure can help alleviate stress, and it helps students maintain or improve their reading proficiency levels. If you are looking for something fun to do while socially distancing, try reading. And the cherry on top is that it’s totally free.”
The third annual Race2Read Challenge kicked off Sept. 21 with Race & Healing: A Community Conversation, a virtual event moderated by CBS46 Anchor Shon Gables that featured best-selling authors, community leaders, and students APS and Clayton County Public Schools. Read more. | Watch here.
To help APS reach the goal of 10 million minutes for the new school year, register as an individual or a family at www.race2read.org. For more information on Race2Read and volunteer opportunities, contact EducationEquity@ulgatl.org.