Columbia Public Schools Announces New Literacy Project

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COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools held a news conference Wednesday announcing a new literacy project. The project called "iRead Columbia" is a website consisting of thousands of electronic books purchased by the school district.

Students can gain access to the books by registering for the site and getting a log in from the Columbia Public Library or school administration.

Once registered, students can access the website using iPhone, iPad, laptop, and other electronic devices.

The district will test the iRead Columbia project over several months. It first began the project last spring with two elementary schools but has now expanded the program to all students.

The project targets students from preschool through third grade. The district said its goal for the project is to get more students reading at a younger age.

"We said what a wonderful resource we can provide our community. It's like our present to our family. To make this available to our students who aren't quite yet in kindergarten," said Chief Academic Officer Sally Lyon.

Members of the project community partners and district administration were present to answer questions and demonstrate.

For more information on the iRead Columbia Project click here.