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Summer Literacy - Encouraging Reading, Supporting Educators

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"The more that you read, the more things you will know.The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss.

It’s such a simple statement, yet so powerful. Put a book in the hands of a child and watch them discover new worlds.

Over the past few years, AETN has partnered with various agencies to move the needle on childhood literacy. While we celebrate our progress, we continue on our mission by finding various ways to empower Arkansas students. All children should be able to read and it’s our responsibility to help them.

As part of our summer literacy campaign to boost reading, AETN has partnered with the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) to create an even bigger impact by awarding books to teachers: those who have shown a passion for making a difference in their students.

It’s also another way to put books into the hands of students and continue building the culture and love of reading. The selected educators are Connie Echols of Nashville High School, Lisa Bailey with Harrison High School and Lori Cain with McCrory Elementary School.

Each teacher selected from a variety of titles, including classroom sets of “Of Dreams and Rust” by Sarah Fine, “Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin” by Liesl Shurtliff. Another exciting selection was a Rick Riordan collection of heroes, magicians and gods which includes the five-book set of “Percy Jackson and the Olympians.”

These books are sure to become great resources for their students; taking them on many adventures. We’re thrilled to be a part of it!