Gainesville High School Read to Succeed

October 27, 2018

Each day, kids and teens spend more time on phones and watching t.v rather than reading. A study done by United Way has shown that in Hall County, 70% of children entering kindergarten in our community do not show reading readiness. The study also found that 70% of students in Hall County are not reading proficiently by 3rd grade. As a way to get children ready for reading, United Way has created the Read Learn Succeed initiative which includes two programs that implement the importance of reading at a young age in order to develop literacy skills needed to start kindergarten. Gainesville High School’s FCCLA is taking a stand alongside this initiative to make reading more apparent in our community. As a club we spend several of our mornings at a local elementary school reading to children in kindergarten and first grade. We also promoted reading during our homecoming parade in September. For our float, we decided to take the Book Trunk. The Book Trunk is coordinated by the Middle School FCCLA advisor during the summer. It is driven to targeted neighborhoods where books are passed to the residents. We took the Book Trunk to promote that reading is for everyone and that it’s important. Gainesville High School’s FCCLA continues to encourage reading as we believe the lack of reading in our community is an issue that needs to be solved!