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IDOE, National Guard gave away over 5,000 books at the state fair

Indianapolis – Indiana Department of Education officials and the National Guard handed out 5,000 new and donated books to families with children last Sunday at the state fair.
“I want to thank everyone that made the department’s booth at the state fair a success this year,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Through the Hoosier Family of Readers, the Department has worked to build a culture of readers throughout Indiana.
The Indiana National Guard’s Books and Boots program made it all possible in conjunction with donations.
“We have over 260 partners throughout the state and the state fair was a great opportunity to showcase this great work,” said Ritz. “Finally, I want to thank the men and women of the Indiana National Guard that have been working with the department to promote after school reading programs for our youngest students.”
As part of the Books and Boots program 120 guardsmen volunteer for an hour and a half visiting Indiana schools to read to kindergarteners and first graders.
About 40 schools were identified by the IDOE for the Guard to work with. These schools had a lack of resources and the lowest reading scores.
This is the second year in which this program has been in action, so there are no statistics out yet as to whether the program is making a measurable difference according to the IDOE.
The books that the Guardsmen read with the students are left behind for the classrooms to study again.
Scholastic Publishing House donated books to this cause.
The Indiana Department of Education oversees primary education in public, charter, and private schools in Indiana. It tests grade and high school students with standardized testing as required by federal law and publishes the results categorically. It also compiles statistics about all of the schools it encompasses. It works in partnership with the Indiana Board of Education and federal Secretary of Education to help establish a rubric for curriculum, school safety, and school employee /union dealings.

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