There are a group of signs popping up all over the Triangle that have been confusing people who drive by. A simple white sign with red and blue letters saying:
YRNT SQZP APXL!
So what does it mean?
"The sign actually doesn't say anything," explained Mary Carey, founder of BootstrapsPAC. "It's interesting that it frustrates so many adults because they can't read one sign when we're representing all the kids who can't read any signs."
BootstrapsPAC is a Triangle-wide, all-volunteer, nonpartisan political action committee that seeks to shed light on the significant illiteracy problem among area children. They started the campaign to draw attention to student literacy.
At the bottom of the signs, a QR code takes you to their website which highlights shocking statistics.
At the third grade reading level, 18 percent of Carrboro-Chapel Hill students were below state reading standards. Twenty-four percent of students of Wake County students didn't pass and 42 percent of students in Durham.
Carey said these are more than just numbers. "These are actual kids in the classrooms every single day trying to get through the day unable to read the material," she said.
"Schools right now have so many challenges just trying to get kids to pass tests, they often don't have time to do a lot of differentiation to help those kids who don't learn in a standard classroom setting," explained Megan McCurley, executive director of SCALE.
These groups say it will take a full community effort to make sure all kids know how to read.
Visit the BootstrapsPAC website to learn how you can get involved.
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