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Huntsville mayor kicks off literacy campaign

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Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle is pushing Huntsville students to read. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle is pushing Huntsville students to read.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle is pushing Huntsville students to read.

Friday morning, he kicked off a new literacy campaign by reading to some young students at Ridgecrest Elementary.

Battle's book club is designed to distribute age-appropriate books to Pre-K through 5th grade students in all of Huntsville Title I schools.

Each year, the students will get four books, helping them build a personal library in their home.

"If we're going to live up to our mantra of Huntsville being a smart place to live, work and play, we've got to work on literacy and we've got to make sure that everybody knows how to read, and we start early," he said. "Let them learn to love reading and make sure you have an educated population."

Statistics show that students from lower income neighborhoods have fewer books than others.

Battle said it's essential to give kids the tools they need to be strong readers.

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