September 20, 2002
Albany-- Read 25 books and earn a trip to Atlanta. That's the challenge for students at Sylvandale Elementary School in Albany. And, with the help of a few Marines, the children are ready to meet their goals.
Read! That's the message being sent to these elementary students and its a message that is definitely getting across. Second Grader Jessica Washington says, "I read everyday and every week." It's going to take a lot of dedication for these kids to read a total of 10,000 books this year, that's 25 books per child.
This is the second year of the reading campaign, and parents say they love it. Andrea Ford-Wilson, parent of a fourth grade student, says "A lot of success not only with my child but all the children it gave them a challenge and they were proud to see that there success could be achieved, so those who have been there a couple years they're saying I can do this and I can do more."
Second Grader Tywon Heath says he will read more than 25 books, "Yes, I might read 90." These kids are confident they will meet the 25 book goal. But, to help motivate the students even more, the Marines stepped out and showed their support, bringing tanks for the kids to tour. And, with the support of the military, their teachers and parents, these kids are sure to meet the challenge.
The students who read 25 books or more this year will get to go on a field trip to Atlanta at the end of the year. The kids will visit the Jimmy Carter Center and the Martin Luther King Junior Center.
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