By Eames Yates
October 3, 2013
Valdosta, GA -
Valdosta's mayor John Gayle took part in a national reading campaign this morning at Sallas Mahone Elementary School. The program is called Read for the Record and connects millions of people that come together to read the same book. It's meant to put a spotlight on the importance of literacy. This year the book was called Otis and the mayor read it to a kindergarten class. The event has raised more than eight million dollars for early education programs.
Mayor Gayle said "I just appreciate the job that all these teachers do in trying to teach the kids to read and they need to learn to write too. You know that's one of the things that kids have a hard time doing now a days cause they're always on computers and looking things up but reading is so important."
Last year two point three million people participated in Read for the Record.