COLUMBIA (WACH) - Community leaders will take time to read to third grade students in Richland School District One on Thursday.
A press conference promoting the 5th Annual Together We Can Read Initiative, a partnership between the City of Columbia and Richland School District One, was held Wednesday afternoon.
About 100 guest readers are expected to participate in the initiative on March 21.
??Together We Can Read brings together government, business and neighborhood leaders from across Columbia to read to young students,?? said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. ??That speaks volumes about our community??s commitment to education, to our children and to our future as a truly world-class city.??
City officials say the program, which is led by Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine, has brought more than 400 community and business leaders into elementary school classrooms in Richland One since 2009.
The three objectives of Together We Can Read are:
1. It allows children who may not have book access to have a book of their very own.
2. The book chosen each year has a Columbia or South Carolina focus so that children can identify with it and learn about their local culture history.
3. The program helps children understand why reading is so important and allows them to interact with positive role models.