It's a well-known fact that Atlanta schoolchildren rank far below the national average in reading proficiency scores.

According to the AJC.com, the Atlanta Fair is doing its part to promote a passion for reading and improve literacy among black schoolchildren.

The Atlanta Fair is offering free rides to children who can demonstrate reading proficiency by reading a book from cover to cover.

AJC.com -- In an effort to improve literacy among young students, the fair introduced its Read for Rides Program, which, according to a news release, encourages children ages 2-11 to complete a book report for each book they read.

One complete book report means a guaranteed blue ribbon — and in turn, free admission on Reading Rides Day on Saturday, March 12.

Book reports can be downloaded and filled out here. An adult over the age of 18 must approve the entry form.

Once your child has completed the book report, visit eventbee.com and use the promo code READ to receive free admission to one of the state's biggest fairs.

  • askquestions

    That's nice.

  • puppylove

    This is a great way to encourage children to read.

  • iWasteTime

    Super cool. Kids need lots of motivation to excel in learning!

  • LibraGirlonly

    Good idea, but parents should teach their children at home also. It is no reason why black kids should not know how to read. I tell my son all the time that the kids in Africa have to pay to go to school and some kids are literally being chased by terrorists and gorilla soldiers just to survive. These kids in America need their arse whipped cause they have nothing to be complaining about.

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    Seems cool. Considering this is Atlanta, they should also offer free rides to gays that can reeeeeeeeead?? Hunty, taint nuthin like a gay that can read a bish?

  • MsSincerity

    Maybe if they stop filling those kids (black) with mercury vaccines, then there's a good chance they'll know how to read! The cdc is targeting black boys. #Kennedysaidit #lookitup

  • That’s Interesting

    It's not the mercury. It's the parenting (or lack of).

  • Buttercup

    *adds this to the calendar so I won't forget* I can taste the funnel cakes and candy apples now

  • T3

    I am so for this! It's a sad truth that MANY children struggle with reading. This affects everything else. They can't begin to excel in any subject area if they can't read. #Jesusbeaninvolvedparent #saveourchildren

  • T3

    Preach!!!!! It definitely starts at home. A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. And these kids have no idea. I mean, what else productive do they have to do but their school work?!?!?

  • Mel

    Parents too busy trynna be "reality stars" or nah?

  • MsSincerity

    I'm definitely not denying that there's a lack of parenting floating around, I'm just saying that learning disabilities caused by mercury is floating around as well. #publicserviceannouncement

  • Mel

    U from the A?where the best seafood spots at ?

  • product of 79

    That's a great idea ? reading is fundamental ? hope those kids read a good book and enjoy the fair ?
    In my day my kinfolk only let us watch jeopardy and wheel of fortune... BOOKS was everything to her, her quote was" use your head for more than a hat rack". It starts at home.

  • SameoleJ

    Good Stuff and very encouraging!!

  • LibraGirlonly

    Or want to spend all of their time with a man and not the children.

  • Buttercup

    I'm not from here, but I've been here for a few years. I ? Atlanta Fish Market ($$$$) the fried lobster tail is a must! Goin Coastal has an awesome brunch. The Crawfish Shack is an Asian twist on Louisiana cuisine that won't disappoint. The Optimist and Chops Lobster bar are great as well for fine dining. I've heard great things about Conch City Seafood in St. Mountain. I won't try it until next weekend though.

  • 88

    This is great every child and parent needs to learn that Reading is more important than watching TV.

  • That’s Interesting

    I don't know what it is but....there are entire high schools were the majority of students read on the elementary level and the ones considered SMART read on the middle school level. Makes you want to holla....

  • Mel

    Well said its like some of these parents expect these teachers to work miracles in their kids. I remember at a parent teacher conf a parent was telling the teacher the reason why her daughter been absent was because she don't like school mind you this was kindergarten but then turn around and asked why her child failing because someone told her kindergarten wasn't important. The teacher was looking at her like ? she just couldn't believe after all the hoodrat just said she still expected the child to pass.

  • Mel

    Got dam I say got dam u had me at fried lobster tail ?

  • Mel

    A man with kids of his own

  • Buttercup

    I'm not crazy about lobster other than a cup of lobster bisque every now and again, BUT I always get it when we go there. The last time all 3 of us ordered our own, because no one wanted to share ?

  • That’s Interesting

    This is what I'm talking about. It's child abuse. People have no idea how BEHIND these kids are. A lot of them have dreams of college and good jobs but do not have the necessary background and don't even know it. It's sad. They leave high school completely lacking the education and study skills for a successful career and life.

  • Finding Forever…

    BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY...But can a 2 year old really do a book report? I just might be reading too far into it, LOL...LOVE thee fair...Funnel cake, candy apple on a stick, fresh ice cream, pig races & heifers birthing calves, LOL--Been going since I was a youngin'--Oh Timonium Fair HURRY UP & COME, LOL...

  • mzwhang90210

    This is awesome!
    Our kids need all of the support/encouragement they can get.
    Kudos!!!!

  • mzwhang90210

    Butta!!! *hugs*
    How's the job situation?

  • Yoni

    :clap:

  • Yoni

    YOU ain't shit for THIS gif! NOT ONE WHOLE PIECE OF SHIT! You hear me?

  • mzwhang90210

    Exactly!

  • mzwhang90210

    What I did???

  • mzwhang90210

    Girl HUSH with that seafood orgy!!!
    Making me drool ova hea!!!

  • Buttercup

    Hey boo :kiss: It's on the move. I'll probably have my final interview with another company next week. I'm nervous and excited at the same dang time, because it would be a nice lil pay raise. Everything good with you?

  • Buttercup

    I'm sorry. It's Honey Dip's favorite type of food, so we've tried places all over. Unfortunately, the mainstays are expensive as hail.

  • Roc

    I think this is great! It's a nice incentive and motivator. My son was actually moved up to an accelerated program at school for reading just last week. He is only in kindergarten, but we read together constantly, and he can add his little behind off. It starts at home, but whatever it takes to motivate them is all good in my book!

  • Milani

    NEW POST, smh...

  • mzwhang90210

    Yayyyyyy!!! So happy for you.
    Getting ready to bury my MIL..things are so so.
    But it's all in God's hands.
    Anyway....Good luck to you, seriously!!!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Congrats hun. Most parents don't buy their kids a single book. The only book most black children see at home is the bible.

  • Blue

    Great to way to encourage kids to read. Next they should hold one for reality tv stars.

  • Blue

    They put dem lil arse wheels on them cars. Hahaha. Read that.

  • Fendi

    Am I the only one wondering if/why Black schoolchildren are being targeted? Smells like a setup.

  • Fendi

    Was that the case in your household, or do you feel capable of "representing" the whole of Black adults who were children, 20-50 years ago?

    My mother took me to buy books. She also took me to teachers' stores. When I had summer breaks, I was still working, learning and growing. I don't see many of those stores today. I did everything from work for a magazine (albeit, they didn't publish my articles) when I was a teen, to actually having my letters published in major publications. My mom's friends would call her and tell her they saw my letters in publications such as Essence, and they were proud of me.

    I would like to think my childhood was not the exception, but the norm for some, especially folks who may not reply in kind.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I'm referring to Atlanta schoolchildren, hun. Did you read the 1st sentence of the post?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Read the 1st sentence in the post.

  • Fendi

    Since you want to call MY literacy into question...

    I don't see where it reads, "Most Black parents in Atlanta..."

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  • Fendi

    I read the first sentence in your post. You reply stated NOTHING about Atlanta, but rather what you think "most Black parents" do.

  • Buttercup

    Awwww. I didn't know. I'm sorry to hear that. I'll say a prayer for you and the fam.

    Thanks babe!

  • Faithz

    Great insightful article it is a well known Fact that discipline starts
    at home and spread aboard.

  • Renee26

    Great idea!...My baby learned to love to read after I put him on long punishments and that was his only option for entertainment. Now he loves it

  • Renee26

    OK!! Not so long ago blacks weren't even allowed to know how to read in America...IJS

  • Deno Spencer

    This is cute And cool. Six flags and Disney theme park should do this!!

  • Sexy CJ

    The Atlanta Fair is doing its part to promote a passion for reading and improve literacy among black schoolchildren...........

  • Shana

    This is a nice incentive, but there should be no reward for being able to read. Parents and teachers should be ashamed to link their names to a child that doesn't know otherwise!
    Unless there is a learning issue, all of our children should be reading WELL!

  • LibraGirlonly

    No Excuses.

  • Auditor

    Sigh...

  • Auditor

    It's the crack baby generation now having babies and ain't ish...

  • Auditor

    They gave us vouchers for a personal pizza at Pizza Hut...last I heard they still do it...

  • whitty hutton

    #ignant I can barely type I'm so WEAK!! ?????

  • whitty hutton

    First sentence of her post, not her comment.

  • Auditor

    Eh can't say I did ALL of that lol...but I did stay in the house reading books instead of being in the streets getting in trouble. Anne Rice, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Goosebumps was it! The library was my best friend.

  • whitty hutton

    This!! I always read three or four years above grade level. My parents always bought me books, and I loved when the teacher would pass out the order form for books. It was like Christmas when the books came in and the teacher gave me my order!! Good times, man...good times. ??

  • Fendi

    I liked Edgar Allen Poe until I discovered Aldous Huxley. I would go to the library, but I preferred buying my books. Now, my preference is art books. I blame Amazon for me ordering an Andy Warhol book or 2, because they began suggesting all things Warhol. I'm actually a Haring fan and have been all my life.

  • Fendi

    I didn't ask for you to attempt to clarify what SR meant. I replied to her comment, which was not the same as the first sentence of her post. Stevie Wonder can see that.

  • Auditor

    Yes, I'm so mad at myself for falling off my reading. I used to LOVE to read....had a book in my hand everywhere I went. College, working takes the fun out of it. That is my New Year's resolution this year. First step was putting Kindle on my tablet lol. I'm getting there...

    Never read Edgar Allen Poe or those other authors you mentioned...but one of my favorite books is Black Boy by Richard Wright....very good book. Can't say I've read a book for enjoyment since high school...so...11 years now. I got tons of books on my Kindle I plan on reading this year.

  • Fendi

    I have a Kindle app. I probably have 1,000 e-books on there, 2 or 3 of which I began reading. I haven't DL or read a book on my phone since I got an iPhone. I think I started reading "How To Eat To Live, Part 2" again, but I never finished it. The first installment was great. That was the last book I finished. I'm always reading something, but I said recently that I need to get into reading hard copy books again. I have a lot of books piled up around here that I was supposed to read ages ago. I start them, but don't always finish.

  • whitty hutton

    It wasn't an "attempt"...she said the 1st sentence of her post in both comments. Chile bye.

  • Fendi

    Bye your damn self.

  • Avery Parker

    Cool but admission is like 1 still have to buy tickets?

  • WiserWords2

    It's not an excuse, it's a fact.

  • Molly Church

    Sad?Why is this happening. Why R children not learning 2 read??

  • WetPntees

    I love to read also

  • WetPntees

    Edgar Allen Poe is one of my favorite poets...