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#JCReads Week 2020

JEFFERSON CITY - To coincide with “Missouri School Read-In Day,” designated by the State of Missouri as the second Friday in March every year, the Jefferson City School District has scheduled a myriad of activities aimed at bringing about an increased awareness of the importance and benefits of reading. #JCReads Week will highlight the district’s continued efforts to encourage a greater emphasis on reading, both in the school and in the home, as well as in and about the greater Jefferson City community. The district-wide theme this year is Reading Changes Lives and Communities.

“The Jefferson City School District has set a goal to have 100 percent of our students reading at or above grade level,” said JC Schools Superintendent, Dr. Larry Linthacum. “We strongly believe that developing reading skills at an early age will allow our students to achieve success in countless other subjects while in school, and also allow them to become successful adults and leaders in our community after graduation and beyond.” 

“JCReads Week is not only an opportunity for students and schools across our district to celebrate their love of reading,” JC Schools Chief of Learning, Dr. Brian Shindorf said. “But it is also an opportunity to engage families at home, parochial schools, and businesses across our community as we highlight the importance of establishing reading skills at an early age.”

The love of reading can change lives and change communities. That's why JC Schools hopes individuals, families, and other groups across our community will participate on Friday, March 13th at 9:30 a.m. to “Drop Everything and Read.” A committee comprised of JC Schools librarians and other district literacy experts has scheduled numerous activities to promote reading during #JCReads Week. School-wide reading programs can help change a student’s attitude about reading, while also encouraging student collaboration.

Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin will read a proclamation on Monday, March 2nd at the City Council meeting: “JC Schools Libraries recognize the role parents, families, and community members play in helping students sustain a love for reading throughout life by implementing JC Reads Week annually with this year’s theme of Reading Changes Lives and Communities.” 

In November of 2019, the Jefferson City School District announced that #JCReads Week was selected to receive an award of $25,000 for new books and eBooks that will expand the program’s mission from First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise focused on equal access to quality education for children in need. The grant is being used to expand the #JCReads Week celebration of reading in the greater Jefferson City community. Building on the program’s week-long celebration, the grant funding was also used to share books with: community shelters to provide books for children; The Boys and Girls Club of the Capital City to enrich their program libraries; with Jefferson City School District libraries to help enrich students’ home book collection; and with Jefferson City School District counselors to support children’s social and emotional learning.