'Stop, Drop and Read' slated May 28
The activity promotes reading for all ages in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties. It was sparked by statistics about learning readiness among children entering school and reading skills of young children.
Reading for All is a literacy effort by the Marion, Polk and Yamhill Commissions on Children & Families and the Oregon Community Foundation.
Coordinator Michelle Bergeron organized the first Stop, Drop and Read event, which drew thousands of participants in the three counties. In addition to individual readers, groups sat down to read together at the McMinnville Public Library and on the US Bank Plaza in McMinnville.
In Yamhill County, nearly half the children entering kindergarten are not ready to learn and 38 percent of third-graders don’t meet academic standards in reading, Bergeron noted. She said the program is designed to combat that.
This year, she said, reading events are being planned again at the McMinnville library and the bank plaza. And the Oregon State Library will be joining Reading for All and local libraries, schools and fire and police departments to make it a statewide event.
For more information, contact Bergeron at 503-434-7326 or email@example.com or visit www.stopdropread.org. Afterward, participants can record their experiences at the state website.