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Local 24 News’ Katina Rankin is guest reader for Shelby County Schools “Commit to Literacy” program

In Shelby County Schools, high-quality early education is critical to ensuring long-term academic success. That’s why SCS has started the “Commit to...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – In Shelby County Schools, high-quality early education is critical to ensuring long-term academic success. That’s why SCS has started the “Commit to Literacy” Program.

They invite business owners and local celebrities out to read tostudents. Friday, Local 24 News weeknight anchor Katina Rankin had the honor ofbeing the guest reader.

Organizers say their early learners must be engaged inliteracy-rich environments that offer meaningful, authentic opportunities todevelop reading skills.

“If you look at our recent TNReady data, you will see one in fourchildren in SCS is reading at grade level or mastery. So we need to do better.We need to take a look at ourselves in the city to see where we can take partto ensure our students are ready before they reach the third grade,” said TiffanyPerry, Public Information Officer for Shelby County Schools.