Here is a copied press release that the school district (thanks, Autumn Foster) for background information on the Canby Reads program:
“Canby Reads kicked off this month at Trost Elementary School. Students received their Passports to Reading and have been logging their at-home reading progress all month long. For every three books a student reads, he/she gets a reward from community sponsors like Cutsforth Marketplace, McDonald’s, or Burgerville.
In addition, the Reading Mentors component of Canby Reads got up and running this month, too. Volunteers team up with a young reader at Knight Elementary to work on improving skills. We are so grateful to have so many wonderful volunteers and partners like The Canby Center, which coordinated the Reading Mentors partnership.
Canby Reads heads to Eccles Elementary School next month. K-3 families at Eccles will be receiving information about how to earn rewards and get involved.
Thank you to all our community partners: Canby Foursquare Church, Cutsforth Marketplace, McDonald’s, Burgerville, Canby Chamber of Commerce, The Canby Center, Canby Public Library, and Canby City Council.
You can help by modeling good reading habits and ensuring your student is reading regularly. Research shows that children who don’t read at grade level by the end of third grade are more likely to drop out of high school.
We want the whole community to rally behind this initiative. Join us on Facebook and Twitter as we get the program up and running. If you or your organization is interesting in getting involved in Canby Reads, please email us at CanbyReads@gmail.com.”