Did you need another reason to live in Roanoke other than scenic views, a city with night life and culture, and wineries? Now you have one: Literacy.
Roanoke received an All-America City award on Monday from the National Civic League.
Roanoke and 13 others were recognized for plans to improve early literacy.
"From my point of view, I think that having seen what I've seen that we are the most collaborative city in America," Roanoke Superintendent Rita Bishop said.
Roanoke's "Star City Reads" plan is a partnership among the city government, city schools and several community organizations.
Bishop said the city council's temporary meals tax increase, which ended Saturday, provided funding for the school division to launch a critical summer reading program last year and to continue it this summer.
This is the sixth time Roanoke has received the civic award. This year is the first time the award has been given based on a specific initiative.
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Excerpts from Roanoke.com