The signs, which will be provided to each school in the Johnson City system and other locations such as the Johnson City Public Library and public parks, will remind students and parents to take 20 minutes out of their day to read with one another, according to Rebecca Horvath, the council’s public relations chairwoman.
Horvath said the idea was first conceived by educators at Fairmont Elementary School before Johnson City Board of Education member Kathy Hall decided to work with others to expand the signs promoting literacy to other locations throughout the city.
“It just kind of went from there,” Horvath said. “Kathy has been working with everybody to coordinate the effort. She’s been one of the main driving forces behind it.
“We think it’s a great idea to promote reading. We have a strong reading focus in our schools and this just aims to reinforce it and spread it throughout our community.”
To pay for the first set of signs, the organization hopes to raise $100 per school. The total cost of the signs and hardware should total about $2,000.
“At this point, we’re trying to raise money for each sign, which is about $50 for the sign and hardware,” Horvath said. “We want to put two at every school in the district, and maybe places like libraries and other places families frequent to promote literacy throughout the community.”
To make a donation or find more information about the council’s campaign, visit the Johnson City Council of PTAs Facebook page and donate to Paypal or by credit card. Donors can also mail a check to the school system’s central office at 100 E. Maple, Johnson City, TN 37601.