No Child Left Behind Summer Reading Achievers Pilot Program
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The No Child Left Behind Summer Reading Achievers program is designed to encourage school children in grades K-8 to read actively during the summer months and thus to help to mitigate the summer fall-off in reading skills. Corporate, non-profit and community-based organizations with an active presence in the metro Atlanta region and a focus on reading and literacy skill development have been invited to participate in the program. The following is a listing of the partners solicited to date and their contribution to the program:
First Book has committed to provide an age appropriate book for all elementary and middle school students enrolled in Atlanta Public Schools.
Target Stores has committed to provide volunteer tutors to support students participating in the Summer Reading Achievers program.
Scholastic, the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, has committed to provide books for students and school libraries in the Atlanta Public Schools.
Atlanta-Fulton County Library System
The Youth Services Librarians of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library system will visit schools in their service areas to promote Summer Reading and invite students to get registered for the Library's Summer Reading program.
The Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America through their Learning for Life program will support the Summer Reading Achiever program by making reading tutors available and disseminating information through Boy Scouts channels about the program.
Communities in Schools of Atlanta
Using its resources, Communities in Schools of Atlanta working in conjunction with Atlanta Public Schools will work with elementary and middle school students to reach and exceed the summer reading threshold of 10 books per student.
City of Atlanta Bureau of Parks and Recreation
The Bureau of Recreation will support the Summer Reading Achievers initiative by incorporating reading priorities in its citywide summer camps and activities for elementary and middle school youth.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta
Through its six Atlanta recreation centers, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta will work with all elementary and middle school youth attending its summer programs to read at least one grade appropriate book each week. Learning specialists at each site will provide students with access to books and other support.
The Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce: Atlanta Partners for Education
The Partners in Education will promote the summer reading initiative through its current partnerships with individual schools and by encouraging adults to support the program.
The Atlanta Council of PTAs
The Atlanta Council of PTAs has pledged to actively promote the program and will work with parents to ensure that participating students can reach their summer reading goals.
Parenting Coalition International
Parenting Coalition International has pledged adult reading partners through their network of churches and community groups in Atlanta to support students participating in the Summer Reading Achievers program.
The BellSouth Telecom Pioneers
The Bellsouth Telecom Pioneers will provide adult volunteers to read with students in the Atlanta Public Schools' summer school program.
Six Flags, Inc.
Six Flags, Inc. will provide tickets to their amusement park as an incentive to students in the Atlanta Public Schools' summer school program.
Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble has committed to provide books for students in the Atlanta Public Schools' summer school program.
MeadWestvaco will provide schools supplies as an incentive to students in the Atlanta Public Schools' summer school program.
The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company has committed to provide bookmarks and other incentives to students in the Atlanta Public Schools' summer school program.