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“Boo for Books” highlights literacy commitment in Shelby County Schools

Shelby County School leaders want to put the “boo” in books to get students interested in reading.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Shelby County School leaders want to put the “boo” inbooks to get students interested in reading.

The district kicked off its third-grade commitment literacy tour Wednesday by preparing book bags for students on Halloween. The tour comes after SCS board members approved stricter readingstandards for second graders to be promoted to third grade.

“So today, we’re focusing on our really communityawareness around literacy, so what you see today is we’re preparing for our‘Boos for Books’ with students across the city, primarily our elementarystudents, to increase our literacy awareness but also heighten the awarenessaround the 3rd grade commitment,” said Dr. Antonio Burt with Shelby CountySchools.

Thursday, SCS leaders dressed up in costumes and read books to students. The classes involved were chosen based on TN Ready data to ensure students with the greatest need of encouragement are served.