"Learn to Read. Love to Read" Book Club Travels to Zoo Atlanta

Welcome to our newest program, "Learn to Read. Love to Read" Book Club! In an effort to aid in literacy efforts throughout the Chattahoochee Valley, we have established the program to bring awareness to the importance of literacy. Eleven members from the J. Barnett Woodruff who participated in the book club got a chance to visit the Zoo Atlanta for a day of fun and education

Members from the book club recently finished Newbery Medal award winning, The One and Only Ivan, which was about Zoo Atlanta’s own silverback gorilla. The book is inspired by the life of Ivan, who spent twenty-seven years in a shopping center before coming to Zoo Atlanta. BGCCV is fighting against alarming rates on youth literacy by creating book clubs in each of the five local clubs. Sixty-five percent of Georgia’s third graders lack necessary vocabulary and reading comprehension skills. Youth not performing at grade level by 3rdgrade are more likely to struggle with school and drop out of high school. President and Chief Executive Officer, Rodney Close, addresses the topic by crediting literacy as a "key to success” and "opportunity to open doors for the youth’s future”. With seventy-seven percent of Club members increasing their reading skills due to programs like the book club, BGCCV hopes to continue to tackle youth literacy head on.




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