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Literacy Mid-South aims to increase number of students who can read at grade level

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The fight to make sure our Memphis children can read is expanding.

Wednesday kicked off the Mid-South Book Festival.

Literacy Mid-South unveiled a new campaign to increase the number of students who can read at grade level.

The organization led a "literacy summit" to address the problem.

"The main goal is to have everyone come together and share these best practices that have been  working in their organizations and share them with everyone else who are all trying to achieve the same goal of improving the grade-level reading for kids in kindergarten to third grade," said Knox Shelton of Literacy Mid-South.

The group talked about effective reading intervention, parent engagement and best practices for educators and nonprofits.

The book-fest ends Sunday.

To learn more, visit http://www.midsouthbookfest.org