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Kalamazoo Public Library teaming with national group to get kids reading

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A first of it's kind reading project is coming to west Michigan Tuesday, April 22nd.

Nearly 70 percent of Michigan students are not reading at grade level when they start 4th grade. Now this new project hopes to inspire them to explore books and improve the statistics.

It's called the Interest Genome Project and the idea is to help kids improve their reading skills by exploring books about their own interests.

The creators of the online game and free app called Wandoo Planet will be in Kalamazoo Tuesday to help launch it.

The project is geared toward kids ages 6 to 14.

"It's a reading platform that really inspires kids, empowers them to take what they love to do and go and do it. Research shows that if kids are doing the things that they love they will transcend their reading levels," said Lindsey Hill of Evanced Solutions.

Tuesday's event is open to the public, especially teachers, parents and kids.

It's at Kalamazoo public library's Washington Square branch at 4:30 p.m.

Kids will have a chance to try out the new Wandoo Planet app to see for themselves how it works.
    
This project works well with the plan announced earlier this month by Kalamazoo Public Schools superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. He has set an ambitious goal for the community, wanting to make Kalamazoo the first fully literate urban community in the country.

To learn more about Wandoo Planet click HERE