BANGOR – Dirigo Reads is a program that started with six schools as a pilot program this school year, providing books to first graders in Maine during the school year.
Every month, each first grader in a participating school gets a book to keep.
Dirigo Reads co-founder Karen Cashman said it is time to expand the program. Cashman said the objective is long term.
“Literacy is something that carries you through your whole life and helps in finding success as well,” Cashman said.
More than 1,600 books have been given to first graders across Maine in the first five months of the program.
Cashman said they are looking to add around 20 more schools.
Organizations interested in partnering with Dirigo Reads, or schools with first grade classes that would like to join the program, can find more details at dirigoreads.org.