OKC Schools Compact launches reading initiative

ReadOKC Challenges Students to ‘Get in the Game’

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 16, 2017) – Monday afternoon, the Oklahoma City Public Schools Compact launched ReadOKC, an initiative to promote the love of reading for the students of Oklahoma City Public Schools district and in our community.

This summer, OKCPS elementary students have been challenged to “Get in the Game” and read 20 minutes a day, for a total of 1,200 minutes over the summer.

Students who complete the challenge will receive special prizes when school starts in the fall.

The launch event at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library featured Mayor Mick Cornett, OKCPS Superintendent Aurora Lora, dozens of community leaders and elementary school students.

“Our students work so hard all year to improve their reading, and we don’t want to see them hit the ‘summer slide,’” said Lora. “Taking a few months off of reading can hurt future academic performance. We’re glad so many people came together to show students reading really matters.”

ReadOKC has dozens of partners, including the members of the Compact, the Metropolitan Library System, Scholastic, myOn, the United Way of Central Oklahoma, Cox Communications, The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma City Dodgers and Oklahoma City Energy FC.

Cornett asked parents and others in the community to encourage reading.

“Creating a healthy community isn’t just about economic development and physical fitness,” he said. “We need students with healthy minds, and reading is the best kind of exercise to prepare them for everything they want to do.”

Mary Mélon, president and CEO of The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools and chair of ReadOKC, thanked the sponsors and community partners for supporting ReadOKC. 

“From the companies and nonprofits who supplied people for our committees to the businesses providing safe spaces to read this summer, ReadOKC is truly a community effort,” she said. “I’m proud to live in a city that comes together so powerfully to support our children.”

ReadOKC is an initiative of the Oklahoma City Public Schools Compact, which promotes the love of reading to OKCPS elementary students. The Oklahoma City Public Schools Compact’s primary mission is to create and stimulate ownership of OKCPS and its outcomes. It comprises of: Oklahoma City Public Schools, the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the United Way of Central Oklahoma, and the City of Oklahoma City.