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Riley Elementary parents say new books rekindle students' excitement for reading

Posted at 5:24 PM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 17:28:59-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — After two days and more than 1,200 books, ABC 27 has wrapped up our book fair at Riley Elementary.

It's all part of the Scripps Howard Foundation's "If You Give A Child A Book..." campaign.

The goal is to get kids reading. The Scripps Howard Foundation says if a child isn't reading on grade level by third grade, he or she is four times less likely to graduate from high school.

Parents say these free books give kids a renewed interest in reading.

"So I think that even though this is the era of technology, its really important for kids to develop a relationship with books and a love for reading at a early age so we do have libraries, we have computers, but for a kid to be able to take books home to own them and read them over and over again ... it's priceless," said Rosie Price.

We'll be back at Riley Elementary at the end of the school year for another book fair.

Along with two new books for their own personal collection, Riley Elementary got $6,000 from Scholastic to help the media center get new books as well a $10,000 grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation.

That $10,000 grant can be used by the school how ever they see fit.