Top Readers Announced for First Month of #APSRace2Read

“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 For more information on Race2Read and volunteer opportunities, contact

Meet a few of our Top 30 Readers

B.E.S.T. Academy 8th-grade student Tristian Roberson has read and logged 1571.
The Sipe Family (Riley Sipe, a 5th grader at E. Rivers; Ella Sipe, and 8th grader at Sutton; and Beau Sipe, a 1st grader at E. Rivers) has collectively read and logged 32,175 minutes in the month of September
South Atlanta High School students Auset Ali, a senior, and Akasha Ali, a junior, are among our top readers in the district, with 1800 and 1200 minutes logged respectively.

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