"Be a Reader Tour" hopes to inspire kids to read every day

Discovery World's Executive Director Paul Krajniak stopped by the Milwaukee Academy of Science Tuesday, to read a book to fifth-graders, as part of the "Be a Reader Tour." The goal of the program is aimed at low-income areas, and the hope is to inspire young minds to read every day.

Two out of every three children living in poverty havae no books at home, and that has a big effect on the achievement gap in the United States. "Reading is Fundamental" and Buddig Lunch Meats have teamed up for the "Be a Reader Tour." As part of Tuesday's program at the Milwaukee Academy of Science, Krajniak read "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" to the students, and each got to choose a brand new book to call their own.

Milwaukee Academy of Science Librarian Katie Reinhart says getting kids excited about reading is key to helping them succeed in all academic areas. "If you don't have the basis for reading, it's very difficult to succeed in sciences, or any aspect of life, so we want to give our students the foundation to be successful in school," Reinhart said.

Milwaukee is one of 10 cities on the "Be a Reader Tour." The program is made possible through a $100,000 donation from Buddig Lunch Meats.