First, it was “Black Friday”, then “Small Business Saturday”, followed by “Cyber Monday.” Since there seems to be a day in December, without an official label, Wilson County Schools is declaring December 5th… “Bring a Book to the Board Meeting Monday.”

The books that are collected next week will be delivered to area businesses as a part the recently announced READ 20 initiative. Studies show that reading to children from birth to age 5 can have a tremendous impact on how prepared they are for Kindergarten.

Why is this so important?

• Students who start kindergarten behind make up the largest group of high school dropouts, AND their chances of attending a 4-year college are less than 12%

• High School dropouts are 63 times MORE likely to be incarcerated than college graduates

Schools Director, Dr. Donna Wright, says, “It’s been proven time and time again that students who read well do better in school and life. This is a message we really want parents to latch onto because it’s such a small investment, yet it can make such a huge difference in their overall academic performance.”

The books being collected can be new or gently used. For more information on #Read20, check out the following link, from the Children’s Reading Foundation.