Read Berkeley program provides over 4,000 books to students

West Virginia
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A Berkeley County organization wants to improve student literacy rates.

The Martinsburg Sunrise Rotary continues to deliver backpacks, with about eight books each, to second graders all over Berkeley County.

“Second grade is vitally important to get books in the hands of children and even sooner actually, but second grade is actually where we are focusing our efforts,” said Todd Cimino-Johnson, who is a member of the organization. 

The organization reports that approximately 20% of West Virginia students read below grade level. 

Winchester Avenue Elementary in Martinsburg, West Virginia was one of the schools that was included in the Read Berkeley program effort to encourage students to read.

Cimino-Johnson says that over 4,000 books will be provided to over 650 students. 

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