Sumter Mall partners with elementary schools for community reading program


The Sumter Mall started Sumter READS, a program designed to promote reading through special events held at the mall to inspire students and give back to local school libraries.

"This is a great annual event that brings people together in the mall in support of local reading success," said Coles Doyle, marketing director for Hull Property Group, in a news release.

He said their goal is to use the mall common area for events to inspire shoppers, families and the community.

"The READS events are special family outings that publicly encourage and recognize students. They are uplifting, fun and aim to inspire and motivate local students in a unique way outside of the classroom and the home."

Sumter READS features two events for partnering elementary schools.

The first is a READS Spirit Night, which encourages reading and supports local libraries. The event will feature games for students who can use their reading skills to win prizes.

For every student that attends, the program will donate $1 for his or her school's library.

The second event is a READS Recognition Night, which celebrates students' reading achievements at the end of the school year. The event will feature a presentation of certificates by local leaders and a wall of recognition displaying the names of student readers.

"We are excited to work with local elementary schools to host events that motivate students to read," Doyle said.

Sumter READS costs nothing to participating schools.

For more information or to sign up, visit