High Point, NC-- Some students and staff got to clown around Tuesday morning, but the fun was really about learning.
The UniverSoul Circus and Guilford County Schools (GCS) are encouraging circus-goers to bring books when attending the UniverSoul Circus.
The circus is at the Greensboro Coliseum, starting on November 9-13.
All books will be donated to the Two Million Books campaign, which is part of the district's literacy initiative outlined in the strategic plan. In 2010, GCS challenged students to read one million books to raise awareness about the importance of literacy. GCS students exceeded this goal and read 1,973,262 books during the year. For 2011, the next challenge in the district's literacy initiative was for students to read two million books and for the community to donate one million books to schools this year.
"We are excited that the UniverSoul Circus recognizes the importance of literacy in our community and is partnering with us to support the Two Million Books campaign," said Lisa Gardner, coordinator of Guilford Parent Academy, Partnerships & Community Relations for GCS.
In addition to the book drive, 7.5 percent of group ticket sales will be donated to Two Million Books. The UniverSoul Circus also donated 250 tickets to students at Allen Jay Elementary, and held a special sneak peak for Fairview Elementary students Tuesday.
UniverSoul Circus is a combination of circus arts, theater and music that spans genres including Pop, Classic R&B, Latin, Hip Hop, Jazz and Gospel.
Guilford County Schools