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Unique summer reading hits the road in Union County

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Only 57.2% of third through eighth graders attending the Union County Public School district are on grade level in reading.  Four teachers want to improve that number, and have created The Bookmobile to help make that happen.

It is a school bus that goes from community to community delivering books to students in challenging neighborhoods.

"It's a rural community," Marshville Elementary School teacher Amy Paschal said. "So a lot of parents don't have transportation and can't get to the school or public library, so it's just a great opportunity to get to the kids."

The teachers say after each summer break they see students getting further and further behind. They believe bringing a book to students will make the difference.

"Hopefully they'll be at the same reading level," Paschal said. "As when they left the previous year and hopefully they will be excited and energized."

This is the second year for this program. The Bookmobile serves about 75 students and travels to five neighborhoods.  Students get to check out two books each week. It is estimated about 2100 books will be handed out during the summer. Teachers say the program is working. Students are happy to get a book. 

"We've had kids even today," Paschal said. "Who said we didn't finish this book, can I keep it another week. It shows they are excited and they are reading."

Once students get a book, they also get a snack.  Federal funds pay for the cost of the bus and the snacks.

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