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Free Online Resources Available to Support Summer Reading

July 14, 2014

Through a partnership between myON and Get Georgia Reading: Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, all educators, librarians, students, and parents in Georgia have free access to more than 5,000 enhanced digital books this summer. These digital books are the core content of myON's award-winning personalized literacy environment with embedded tools and metrics to support and track student reading growth.

During this free summer trial, all readers will share a single account that provides unlimited access to myON's digital books, without the personalization elements.

“In Georgia, nearly two-thirds of children are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade,” said Arianne B. Weldon, MPH, director, Get Georgia Reading – Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. “Up until third grade, children are learning to read. After third grade, children must be able to read to learn. Children who do not read proficiently by third grade are four-times more likely to drop out of high school than their counterparts. Research shows that continued learning over the summer months is a critical factor in reaching the third grade reading milestone. We are thankful to myON for providing this free resource statewide.”

So far more than 2,000 books have been read by Georgia children around the state with an average daily reading time of 16 minutes a day.

To learn more about myON digital books visit their website at  And to start taking advantage of this great resource click to watch a short video.

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July 30, 2015

A team of Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) experts and leaders will launch regional meetings across Georgia this summer and fall to gain insights that will help improve Georgia’s health status.

The regional meetings will take place through Sept. 25 in Carrolton, Statesboro, Albany, Macon and Athens. Community partners and leaders are encouraged to register in advance to attend the meeting closest to their community.

July 6, 2015

The summer brings long, hot, sunny days – and the increased chance of exposure to annual pests including mosquitoes. 

While mosquitoes are often regarded as minor annoyances, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) encourages residents throughout the state to know about and understand the health risks associated with mosquito bites and how to avoid them.

June 16, 2015

One of the biggest obstacles in getting kids to read proficiently by the 3rd grade is getting them motivated to read.

There are many factors that impede reading proficiency in Georgia, but one major factor is access to books. By providing students “just-right” books, or books that are both engaging and at their reading level, the chances of establishing a student’s love of reading improve drastically.