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Gov Perdue Urges Kids to Read

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By Catherine M. Welch

Wilmington, NC – Governor Bev Perdue is challenging elementary school kids across the state to read ten books during the summer.

A former teacher, Perdue says her challenge teaches kids accountability. And those accountability and reading skills will lead the elementary students into college and on to careers that in turn will boost the state's economy.

"If our kids and our parents and our business community don't get the simple message that reading and math skills are synonymous with economic development. If these kids leave elementary school without core reading and math skills, North Carolina will become uncompetitive globally."

Perdue says the goal is to get kids reading early on so they'll stay in school. Three out of 10 students fail to graduate from high school in North Carolina.

Perdue congratulated a 4th grade class at a Camp Lejeune elementary school last week for meeting her challenge. This week, she made a group of 5th graders at Snipes Elementary in Wilmington promise to read ten books over the summer.

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