Peggy Harris

Peggy Harris, a retired elementary school teacher, talked to the Club this morning about the ‘Give 5- Read 5’ program. As Peggy said, “Give 5 – Read 5 is a reading initiative June Atkinson, former N.C. State School Superintendent of Public Instruction introduced across our state. During 2015 she challenged civic groups and churches in North Carolina to provide five new or gently used books to all students in grades K-3.”

Peggy’s church, Hamsptead United Methodist Church, took up this challenge with Peggy leading the way. Janet Redinger, also a church member and retired educator from Pender County was with Peggy today and has been a co-leader in the Church’s effort to keep kids reading in the summer.

As Peggy said, “These books were to be given out to each student at the end of school to “fight back against Summer Slide”.  Research indicates that if students continue to read during the summer they gain a month of reading proficiency.  Statistics also show that children who Don’t Read during the summer drop 2-4 months behind their classmates in reading comprehension.  By Fifth grade they lag up to 3 years behind their peers.” Peggy and Janet’s efforts are focused on second graders. Pender Schools indicates that this is the pivotal grade level where summer reading makes a big difference in the child’s success throughout the rest of their school years. This past May, 4350 books were delivered to 870 students!


Make a Donation

Monetary donations should be sent to Hampstead United Methodist Church where our financial secretary will send you an acknowledgment of your donation.

Hampstead United Methodist Church
Att. Financial Secretary
Checks payable to “HUMC”
Memo Line: “Give 5 – Read 5”
15395 US-17 N, Hampstead, North Carolina 28443
(910) 270-4648 • www.hampsteadumc.org