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Countywide Reading Initiative Launched

June 07, 2011

Mayor John Peyton helped launch "Read It Forward Jacksonville" at Matthew Gilbert Middle School, Tuesday, June 7.   A reading initiative aimed at raising the literacy rate for students throughout Duval County,  the project will involve partnerships between the Duval County School Board, the City of Jacksonville and business and community leaders to help teach Jacksonville's children about the importance of reading.

In addition to Mayor Peyton, the launch featured Mayor-elect Alvin Brown, Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals, school board members and Sheriff John Rutherford.  At the launch, advanced technology that will be used to help students learn at home using reading tools on television was demonstrated.