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by Maria Barrs, News10 General Manager

NEWS10 is pleased to announce the launch of a major initiative to help improve our community.

It's called "Reading Connects," and its purpose is to help build a stronger community, one reader at a time.

NEWS10 is teaming up with parents, businesses, schools, libraries and volunteers to improve the literacy rate in our area.
We are combining the power of television, the web, and social media with the power of good people who want to make a difference.

And the "Kids Reading to Pets" Sweepstakes Contest Winner is...

And the "Kids Reading to Pets" Sweepstakes Contest Winner is...

Last month News10 My Neighborhood gave a shout out to our communities and ask you to send us a picture of a child reading to a pet. The pictures were then put into our photo gallery article and the names were submitted into our random drawing, where the winner was to receive a prize.

PHOTOS: Kids Reading to Pets

This contest was part of News10's Reading Connects campaign, which is our effort at improving the literacy rate in our area.

Research has shown that children's reading skills improve when they read to their pets, hence the inspiration for this contest.

The winner of our "Kids Reading to Pets" sweepstakes contest random drawing was Jill, who submitted a picture of her son, Devin, reading to his dog, Jake.

Devin was around a year old when the

Sacramento, Stockton make top 25 PaceSetters list for reading

SACRAMENTO -- The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading recognized 25 cities and counties as Community Solutions PaceSetters for their work addressing the challenges that keep low-income children from mastering reading by the end of third grade.

The PaceSetters will be honored at a conference June 30-July 2 in Denver that will launch a national network committed to grade-level reading.

Altogether, 124 cities and regions have joined the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Community Network, adopting a collective impact strategy that engages the full community around the goal of supporting low-income children from birth through third grade.

These efforts involve schools but acknowledge that schools alone cannot address the myriad challenges that keep children from learning to read. In particular, the Campaign is focusing on:

-- School Readiness-preparing young children to begin school ready to learn 

Coaching literacy by way of football

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - Long after the final bell sounds at Riverview Elementary, a group of students huddle each evening to participate in an unusual literacy program with a football theme.

Competing in a frenzy of fast-paced reading and speaking drills in a classroom, the students, which range from 7-13 years-old, are eager to interact with each other and a few volunteer coaches who mentor them as a team.

The group of students hail from up to six elementary schools and two middle schools in the Rancho Cordova area.

The program is run by The Playmakers, a group led by football coach Greg Roeszler, whose mission is simple: building character and establishing core values of accountability, commitment, teamwork and family.

Reading volunteer opportunities available

SACRAMENTO -- Hands on Sacramento is a program of Community Link (formerly Community Services Planning Council) and offers countless opportunities for residents to lend a hand and volunteer. Through their online matching system, Hands On Sacramento strives to inspire, equip and mobilize individuals and groups for meaningful volunteer experiences that change our community!