Initiative launched to promote reading in the home
Paula Ledford, director of Exceptional Children, describes Read2Me —”Reading Matters in Macon County — as a “community wide initiative” geared toward helping children get an early start by encouraging parents to read with their children outside of school.
The campaign which was initially anticipated to be aimed toward pre-school aged children and their parents, has already evolved and has spread to include children in all grades.
The Read2Me initiative is starting in schools, but Carol Waldroop, head of Macon County School’s Elementary Curriculum and Instruction, hopes it will be adopted as a community effort.
“We hope to see the logo on restaurant menus and in store windows,” said Waldroop. She also noted that it is vitally important for Macon County parents to understand that they are their child's first teacher.
Although the campaign is still in its early stages, according to Ledford, the campaign is looking at holding “book drives” to collect old children’s books that can be distributed during “parent nights.”
“We need a shift in Macon County and a community as a whole we need to understand that reading is really important; parents have to be involved and read to their children everyday,” said Waldroop.