- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The superintendent of North Carolina schools is helping to launch a campaign to get books to elementary school students.

Superintendent June Atkinson is scheduled to kick off the second annual statewide Give Five - Read Five campaign on Thursday at the State Board of Education meeting in Raleigh.

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction is encouraging parents, business leaders and community members to donate five new or gently-used books to their local elementary school. During last year’s campaign, 74 elementary schools across the state collected 123,152 books and sent them home with students when the school year ended.

Atkinson will be joined by high school students from Holland’s United Methodist Church in Garner who have developed a plan to collect 20,000 books for eight local elementary schools.

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