By Krystin Sorich . CREATED Nov 1, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tomorrow, you can head on down to McDonald's for a sweet treat...and not just one you can eat!
McDonald's restaurants across the state are hosting a Family Reading Day Saturday.
Starting at 1 p.m., the first 100 families that visit their local McDonald's will receive a free Scholastic book for toddlers through sixth-graders, an ice cream cone and a Read On Arizona Early Literacy Guide for families to help support their child's reading.
A total of 25,000 books and early literacy guides will be handed out.
There's a high number of kids in our community who are far below their expected reading level at this point in their education.
Statistics show more than half of the fourth-graders in Pima County are reading below their grade level.
Without basic reading skills, children fall farther and farther behind in all subjects.
McDonald's wants to introduce children to the importance of reading at an early age and they're hoping that parents will find the reading fun as well.
"Giving children twelve books, self-selected books, over the course of the summer for three consecutive years beginning in kindergarten shows that the reading achievement gap narrows,"says Lisa Winton, United Way Director.
Every location across Arizona will be involved, except for the restaurants located inside Walmart or the local mall.
The event is happening Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Reading screenings will be available to anyone interested.