VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - J.L. Lomax Elementary School in Valdosta began its annual Accelerated Reader incentive program on Friday with the goal of encouraging students to read.
Lovell Engineering Associates and TTL Engineering, both located in Valdosta, team up to donate $5,000 to the school each year, which the school uses to purchase various prizes for the students as an incentive for the students to read as many books as possible during the school year.
"We have to have our younger generation reading and comprehend what they're reading for them to succeed in life and that's what we're tryin' to stress here," said Matt Gaston of TTL Engineering.
TTL Engineering and Lovell Engineering Associates have been sponsoring the event for the past several years and look forward to it each year. "We had a vision about 6 or 7 years ago, that to be good stewards with our money we needed to give back to the community," Gaston explained. "It makes us feel good that we can be able to do this, to give back a small portion and just see the look on these kids' faces."
The students get various points based on the type of books they read throughout the year. Right before Christmas break and once before the end of the school year in the Spring the student can trade in their points for the prizes that the school has purchased.