Teachers often face the challenge of a "summer slide" with their students as they return to school. That's the learning loss that happens as students leave for the summer.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley stopped by Estill Elementary School to encourage students to keep on reading.
As part of their reading mission, Haley and Scholastic publishing representatives surprised the students of Estill Elementary School with a generous gift.
The students and staff at Estill Elementary School welcomed the governor with a special song and dance.
Haley and Scholastic publishing then took the stage and announced they were giving 585 books to the school, enough for every single student.
The South Carolina governor shared her own experience of using reading as a way to communicate her family heritage while growing up in a small town.
She encouraged students to not just read in school, but outside of class on a daily basis.
And she says it doesn't hurt to have a little fun with it.
"In these rural areas, sometimes reading is a good way to get away, it's kind of an adventure, it's an experience, I grew up in a rural town and going to the library and picking up a book was kind of like an adventure for me because you picked up a book and that's what kept you busy," said Haley.
Scholastic publishing named Haley a 2013 Summer Challenge Reading Ambassador.