South Carolina held its 25 annual Read-In yesterday at the State House. The SC Read-In is an annual celebration of libraries and reading held at the SC State House, sponsored by the SC Association of School Librarians and the SC State Library. The event, which featured a marching band and story telling, is meant to encourage reading and the value of education to children.
The event is open to schools and organizations from across the state.
2,400 students, from preschool to high school, as well as South Carolina’s Cocky and Clemson’s tiger were guests at the Read-In.
The state currently ranks 43 in the nation with a “C-“ report card grade from Quality Counts when it comes to state academic scores.
“You know you can expand through reading and you can learn through reading,” says Lexington District One teacher Shayla Garvin. “You can do whatever you want to do through reading.”
The state puts on an annual reading assessment test for all grades. In the most recent reading assessment, 88 percent of all students across the state met their current reading standard.
"It's a message to parents it's important. They need to take the time not just to let their child read but to listen to them and to tune in to what the child is reading about, “says South Carolina Superintendent Molly Spearman. “That's really how we develop strong readers and people who will do well in school."