Albany -- Students at Albany Middle School have been challenged by faculty and staff to arm themselves for reading.
Those students are being encouraged to read 25 books this year. The school and several community sponsors kicked off the 25 book campaign with a celebration.
Getting students to read more will improve their performance in school across the board including test scores.
"Reading is very important because reading is in all of our subjects. If our kids can really promote reading at all different levels and all different subjects, our kids are able to read across the curriculum. And they are improving their performance by improving their reading," said Gloria Baker.
A student assembly started the celebrations, and it was followed by a parade and picnic. At the end of the year, a celebration will be held for those students who reach the 25-book goal.