Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James read to first-grade students at Martin City K-8 on Tuesday, Dec. 11, as Turn the Page KC efforts continued in area school districts.
James read "Enigma" by Graham Bates and "The Seven Silly Eaters" by Mary Ann Hoberman to two first-grade classes at Martin City K-8 in the Grandview School District. Turn the Page KC, an initiative from the mayor's office, aims to have students reading on grade level by the time they complete third grade.
"When we find school districts that are focused on making sure kids are achieving at the highest possible level, we need to do everything we can to support them," said James. "We have to find ways to duplicate those success stories, and Grandview School District is a success story."
James has read to multiple area schools including Chouteau Elementary in North Kansas City School District, Center Elementary in Center School District and Whittier Elementary in Kansas City Public Schools. In May, Turn the Page KC partnered with several organizations to give books to students in the Kansas City Public Schools to support summer reading.
"Turn the Page is a success story," said James. "We have more volunteers signing up, and we continue to work with Freedom Schools and Upper Room classes during the summer to make sure kids aren't falling behind."
LINC is a partner of Turn the Page KC.