Black Hills Reads celebrates 45,317 books read for Read Across America Day

(Rapid City) – An eight week Read Across South Dakota Challenge that fueled mileage by reading books concluded on Read Across America Day, Monday, March 2nd.

Starting in Rapid City on January 6, the figurative “book mobile” departed east on I-90 . For every 100 books read, the “book mobile” moved one mile. There were also opportunities to earn bonus “miles” by completing different tasks or challenges on Black Hills Reads Facebook Page.

On Read Across America day, Black Hills Reads celebrated 45,317 books read collectively throughout the state and making it’s final “stop” in Watertown, SD. Approximately 2,400 people throughout the state participated in the challenge.

Schools, Head Start programs, businesses, organizations and families that participated celebrated their success individually. Staff from Jefferson Elementary School in Pierre performed the “Git Up” dance for the students as reward for completing the reading challenge. (See video here: )

“Let’s put this in to perspective! If we would have counted one mile equals one book read, that means we could have looped around the state 43 times! What an impressive turn out from so many participants,” says Kayla Klein, Black Hills Reads Director.

For more information, please contact Kayla Klein at (605) 343-5872 or