Jasmine Jefferson didn't like to read.
The Glenn Hills Elementary School fifth-grader thought reading was boring and read only when she had to.
"I didn't like to read because I wasn't very good at it," she said.
Because of new initiatives at her school, Jasmine is reading and enjoying it.
On Friday, Jasmine and her schoolmates took part in the United We Read campaign. The third annual reading event, created by Scholastic Book Club, unites classrooms across the globe to share the joy and comfort of reading. Teachers were asked to stop at some time during the day and read with their pupils for 2002 seconds or 33 1/2 minutes, in celebration of the power of reading.
"This (campaign) has been unbelievable," said Gayle McGee, the principal of Glenn Hills Elementary School. "It has really gotten the kids involved in reading."
Each pupil was asked to bring in and decorate a cereal box with a character from a favorite book. Jasmine and her classmate Megan Price, 10, both chose the character Arthur.
"We both like him because he's funny," Megan said.
On Friday afternoon the pupils filled the school's gym for a reading pep rally. Chanting "We love to read," the pupils watched as more than 280 cereal boxes set up in the shape of the word "READ" toppled over like dominoes.
"This is really neat," Ms. McGee said. "The kids were so excited."
After the program, Ms. McGee said, the cereal would be collected and donated to the Golden Harvest Food Bank.
Reach Ashlee Griggs at (706) 823-3552.