Marietta Reads!, the Marietta City Schools (MCS) citywide effort to foster reading and literacy in the community, is celebrating its fourteenth-year anniversary. Annually, schools district-wide join in a kickoff celebration offering a variety of literacy activities— a book fair, book and community partners costume characters,— and family-friendly entertainment including a treasure hunt of stations activities, balloon artists, drama and dance performances, and guest appearances by Marietta Reads! mascot Mari-Etta. Marietta Reads! participants will select books from the Accelerated Reader booklists that are posted on each school's website. After reading the book, the student uses a computer to take an Accelerated Reader test that measures reading comprehension. The student earns Accelerated Reader points based on the difficulty of the book and performance on the Accelerated Reader tests. Reading goals are set for students at each grade level, for each school, and for the school system. As an additional incentive, students earn awards upon reaching each goal.
Marietta Reads! is supported by a variety of citizens in a variety of ways. Students share book reviews, recommend books to each other, and encourage the reading of classmates and friends. Parents read at home to provide good models for children. Parents also read to and with their children, take them to the public library, and cheer them on as they work toward reading goals. Faculty and staff members manage the program, assist the students in selecting appropriate books, and teach the skills and strategies needed for reading. Volunteers come to schools to read to and with children. Businesses promote Marietta Reads! in the workplace. Individuals and organizations support the costs of providing books for students and rewarding reading achievement.
Each school year, Marietta Reads!gives a book to each student that they can take home with them.