Top readers at Murrah ended the 2011-2012 school year with food, laughs, and books. The final days of school ended with Murrah's seconnd annual literary café in the library. The top 30 student readers – those who voluntarily completed Accelerated Reader quizzes with scores of 80 percent or better on the books they read – were invited to attend. Participants enjoyed refreshments, played games, and selected books to add to their libraries.
During the same week, students in English I, II, and III classes at Murrah also received a summer reading orientation and a free paperback book.
Jackson Public Schools is a partner with the City of Jackson, the United Way, the Jackson-Hinds Library System, and many other organizations in One Jackson...Many Readers, which aims to create a culture of reading across the city. The movement also supports JPS students and their families with their summer reading assignments. JPS requires all of its students to read three books over the summer, one assigned title and two of their choosing, and to complete short writing assignments. The Jackson-Hinds Library System has staff available to help families find their summer reading books and to help with their assignments.