The Re-imagine Communities is gearing up for its Third Annual Read Around the City contest. Apopka Area Elementary School students embark on a four-week reading tour around Apopka. The contest brings local businesses, schools, and students together to create a city-wide literacy campaign.
Re-imagine Communities is a local non-profit organization focused on improving literacy, social and emotional awareness, and equality in education. Founded in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, Re-Imagine Communities proudly serves local at-risk youth, providing educational strategies and youth services.
The Read Around The City contest began on March 6th and will conclude on April 3rd.
Participating schools received Apopka-inspired gameboard maps and stickers. As students read books, they visit participating local businesses to receive incentives and encouragement to continue their reading journey.
The contest inspires a friendly competition between our local elementary schools and a fun learning experience for our students. To date, elementary students have read over 4,000 books during the contest period.
The contest sparked such an uproar that the organization began hosting monthly in-person reading sessions. Each month, Re-imagine Communities partners with local businesses to host an in-person, themed reading session for students. Parents and guardians engage in reading activities, crafts, and community service projects that help promote healthy reading habits. Students receive free books after each session to help grow their personal libraries. These sessions give students the opportunity to visit local businesses and interact with other students.
As the students embark on their reading journey around our great city, we encourage you to cheer them on and let them know we support their learning efforts.
To get involved with their literacy campaign or register your student for one of the in-person monthly reading sessions, please visit the website for more information.
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