April 22, 2013
Reading can take you places you've never been before. In the case of Guilford County Schools (GCS), it will take students on a coast-to-coast journey from Cape Hatteras to San Francisco.
On Friday, GCS announced its newest literacy initiative,
Roadmap 2 Reading
. All GCS students will be challenged to read 20 minutes per day outside of their classroom work and record their minutes. Those minutes will be counted as miles as students record their progress across the country.
Each student will strive to move the 3,114 miles across the country by the next State of Our Schools event in January 2014. The district will also track its progress as a whole by taking the total number of minutes read and dividing that by the number of students.
The district's latest literacy initiative is included in the 2016 Strategic Plan, which Superintendent Maurice "Mo" Green unveiled in January. Strategy I.31 calls for raising awareness about the importance of literacy by developing a home-school-community initiative.
"Children who are frequent readers have been shown to perform better in the classroom, spend more time volunteering and work in higher-paying jobs after school," says Dr. Beth Folger, Chief Academic Officer. "Roadmap 2 Reading gives our students a clear and easy guideline to follow to help them become more avid readers."
Parents can help students on their journey by helping them keep track of their minutes, which can be spent reading electronic or printed material of the child's choosing. Community groups are also encouraged to volunteer as reading buddies or make a book donation.
Roadmap 2 Reading is a continuation of the district's One, Two and Three Million Books campaigns. From January 2010 to January 2013, GCS students read and recorded 7,913,454 books, equal to 110 books per student.
"Our students have amazed us during the last three years with the number of books they've read," says Folger. "Now with Roadmap 2 Reading, we're taking the challenge to the next level."
To view video of the kickoff event, click here.