According to new campaign called Getting Georgia Reading nearly two-thirds of Georgia’s children are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade. A study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says children who can’t read by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.
A new campaign hopes to change that by the year 2020.
Luke Valladares a 3rd grader from Coweta County, helped kick off the campaign.
“I like reading because I can use my imagination. But too many kids my age in Georgia can’t read this book, and that’s not fair.”
More than 100 public and private organizations will work together.
Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, commissioner of public health, says the WIC nutrition program will teach families about talking to their kids and reading.
“Every nutritionist that speaks to a family will talk to every single family about the importance of language nutrition and then when they go home, they’ll take a book.”
The campaign will also focus on getting children access to learning opportunities, nutritious meals, and quality early childhood and elementary education. GPB is one of the partners in the Get Georgia Reading campaign.