The Arkansas Department of Education announced its plan on Feb. 5 to launch the R.I.S.E. (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence) Spotlight campaign to highlight success with the reading program.

“Learning to read is a rewarding experience, but when community partners provide additional support, everyone benefits,” a news release from the ADE reads.

As way to aid in the sharing of those best practices and promote collaboration among communities, the department would launch the campaign and through the social media goal, would shine a light every month on a partner that is “actively engaging the community” in reading, the release stated.

R.I.S.E. — launched in January 2017 by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the ADE — focuses on three main goals: strengthening reading instruction, creating community collaboration and building a culture of reading.

“The R.I.S.E. Spotlight campaign focuses on the second goal,” ADE officials said.

The Log Cabin Democrat reached out to ADE Director of Communications Kimberly Friedman and asked who those partners would include but because the campaign was in its early stages, Friedman said she did not have a complete list to provide.

“We are excited to highlight some of the great efforts underway to promote and encourage reading in communities around the state,” she said.

Friedman said ADE would start with AR Kids Read, which they featured on the website and social media on Tuesday for the month of February.

AR Read staff members received a R.I.S.E. Arkansas kit for being the first of the community partners to be recognized, according to the post.

“Thank you to this wonderful organization and all the volunteers who give of their time to help students,” the post continues.

The ADE’s website states that the organization has coordinated more than 400 tutors who volunteer one hour per week to read to students at 49 schools in Pulaski County during the 2018-19 school year so far.

Stay tuned for the department’s March featured group.