Roanoke City Public Schools announce its Virtual Summer Reading Program winners

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Roanoke City Public School’s virtual summer reading program came to an end Monday, and the winners have been notified. The four-week program is geared towards keeping kids reading throughout the summer.

“Our Summer virtual reading program was actually that, to highlight literacy which really under-guards everything,” said Verletta White, the Superintendent of Roanoke City Public Schools

Cox Communications and Central Council PTA awarded 11,000 dollars to purchase prizes for the winners, with more than $1,000 in gift cards, 20 iPads for middle school students, 68 Kindle Fires for elementary students.

Each day during the summer program students would log how many minutes they read as well as answered questions relating to the characters from each book. Parents initialed their child’s progress through the 4-week program. Molly Murdoch was this year’s grand prize winner of a $500 Amazon gift card.

“I really like reading, I do it every day. So… I read A Wrinkle in Time, Wings of Fire, Percy Jackson. I also read Little House of the Prairie… yeah, it was serious,” Murdoch said.

“Well I head that Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief was one of the favorites that was mentioned there, and A Wrinkle in Time… those are classics that many of us have enjoyed over time.”

Verletta White – Superintendent / Roanoke City Public Schools

Molly Murdoch arrived to accept her prize, not knowing she was the grand prize winner.

“Well… I knew there was going to be a prize, but I didn’t know that one person was going to get the grand prize,” Murdoch said.

Molly Murdoch plans on buying more books with some of her Amazon gift card.

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