COLUMBUS, Ga. – More than 100 area 4th grade students are officially graduate of the Guys Read program. The program, hosted by the Columbus Public Library, aims to encourage young boys to read.
This is the fourth year of the program, and participants and volunteers alike say the program has numerous positive benefits on the community.
The program lasts about six weeks. Participants are introduced to two new books a week. they then have discussions about the books with a mentor. Saturday marked the graduation for the program. Johnny Rodriguez volunteered for the fourth year. He wants to make sure the boys have opportunities to read. He adds that the program is making a noticeable difference.
“When a kid comes up to me or one of my guys comes up to me and shows me a book that he wants to continue reading that we presented during the program, it tells me I’m doing something right, and that feels great because all I want them to do is open up that door to reading,” Rodriguez told News 3.
While this group had 126 participants this year, the program hopes to expand that number next year.