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News Community First annual ‘Riding for Read2Me’ car show to be held this Saturday

Read2Me of Macon County will be hosting the first annual “Riding for Read2Me” car show this Saturday at South Macon Elementary School from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. With judges from local car dealerships, the first annual fundraising car show will have trophies to give out for the best rides of the day.

“All proceeds from the Riding for Read2Me Car Show will support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which provides children in Macon County a book a month from birth to five years of age,” said Carol Waldroop, member of Read2Me. “Sharing a book with a child is a great way to build a relationship and make a difference in our community in a positive way. Come and join us at South Macon for a fun day of cars, food and trophies.”

Read2Me is a volunteer group of Macon County residents working to raise awareness about the importance of early literacy. The group’s three-pronged mission to raise awareness, educate parents on how to raise a reader, and to get books in the hands of children, has proved to be an effective measure for increased child literacy in the county.

Since Read2Me began two years ago, Macon County Schools’ Beginning of the Year assessment for students entering kindergarten has improved by about 30 percent. For the 2011-12 school year, 70 percent of children tested far below proficient at the beginning of the school year. Over the last two years, those numbers have drastically declined. This year, the number has dropped to 43 percent. “We can see this kind of growth with just an estimated half of Macon County’s preschoolers enrolled in the Imagination Library, we need to endeavor to get every preschool child entered into the program,” said Macon County Schools’ Literacy Specialist and Read2Me member Diane Cotton. “Sponsoring a child will help us serve even more children and have them ready to succeed and love learning when they enter kindergarten. It is that love of learning that we need to instill in our children and Dolly’s Imagination Library is a great way to start on a successful road in education. Even as adults, we do what we love. If these books help our little ones love reading, they will read more and more as they grow older.”

Registration for the car show is $15 and begins at 10 a.m. For more information, call (828)342-2448.


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