Reading Program Underway

Topeka Public Schools kicedk-off its new iRead20 program at Whitson Elementary School this morning.  The district-wide reading program encourages all students from pre-K through 12th grade to read at least 20 minutes a day outside the classroom.  Superintendent Dr. Julie Ford and Elementary Consulting Teacher Darcy Kraus stressed the importance of reading to an adult or having an adult read to a child.  "Learning doesn't only take place in school, but also outside of school," said Kraus.  The two, along with school board member Peg McCarthy and Executive Director of Teaching and learning Steve Burkholder, then went to a classroom and read a book to students.  The iRead20 program will run through May.

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