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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 thefutureinreading.myon.com/.  And to start taking advantage of this great resource click to watch a short video.

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First Lady Sandra Deal and Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) joined more than 100 partners representing government agencies, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, and communities from across the state to launch Get Georgia Reading—Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. They gathered at Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) in Atlanta last week and promised Georgia’s children that they will work together to get all kids on a path to reading proficiency by third grade by 2020.

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