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Jefferson City School District celebrates #JCReads Week March 8th-12th, 2021

Contact: Ryan Burns, Director of Communications 

             ryan.burns@jcschools.us      

             (573) 659-3018

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

March 8, 2021


Jefferson City School District celebrates #JCReads Week March 8th-12th, 2021 


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 is celebrating #JCReads Week. 


The annual weeklong event is designed to increase awareness of the importance and benefits of reading. #JCReads Week highlights the district’s continued efforts to encourage and create a greater emphasis on reading, both in the school and at home, as well as in and about the greater Jefferson City community. The district-wide theme this year is “Open New Frontiers with Reading.” A district-wide theme week has been planned for all schools to participate. 


“Strong reading skills create a strong foundation for learning in all subjects. With #JCReads Week, we are showing our students the importance of reading, developing their reading skills at an early age, and encouraging them to be lifelong readers,” said JC Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Linthacum. “The #JCReads Week activities support our district’s goal of 100 percent of our students reading at or above grade level.”


Due to COVID-19, schools are welcoming guest readers to read to classes virtually this week. The #JCReads Committee has also worked with notable members of the Jefferson City community to capture videos of them reading that will be shared with students. All videos of the guest readers will be shared on the JC Schools social media for families to enjoy at home. Those guest readers are: Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin; Nathan Hays with Jefferson City Autoplex; Tonya Ellis, JC Schools Coordinator of Library & Instructional Technology Services; Lauren, radio host of the Y107 Morning Show; and Cosmo, radio host of the Y107 Morning Show. 


JC Schools is encouraging its schools to set aside time in the week for all students in the building to read. The district also hopes individuals, families, and other groups across the Jefferson City community will participate along with the district on Friday, March 12th at 9:30 a.m. for “Drop Everything and Read” (D.E.A.R.) Day. 


School-wide reading programs can help change a student’s attitude about reading, while also encouraging student collaboration. Along with the State of Missouri, JC Schools recognizes that reading proficiency is a major factor in determining a child's success in school, regardless of the socioeconomic status, race, ethnic background, or educational level of the child and the child's family.

 

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