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Mayor's Reading Campaign Marks First Year

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Mayor asked kids at Peter Burnett Elementary what their favorite books are.  The kids asked Thomas what it's like to be in the NBA.

THOMAS: "I still got school.  I'm still going to school, so, in my off time, I'm kind of studying and really trying to get some good grades in college so I can graduate this year."

That was the just the message for Manuel Huezo wanted to hear.  He's the Principal at Peter Burnett Elementary, where many students are at-risk. 

HUEZO: "Many of them, really, for whatever reason, are not going to have a lot of opportunities and a lot of chances to succeed. If they're good readers they have a better chance to be successful in life."

Huezo says the school has 70 volunteers come in and read to the kids and he's hoping for more.

According to the Mayor's Sacramento Reads Campaign, only a little more than one-third of students in Sacramento read at grade level.  The campaign's goal is to have 80 percent at grade level by the end of the decade.

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