Several students from Fontana participated when the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools held a reading rally field trip for about 2,300 pre-kindergartners to third-graders on the campus of Cal State San Bernardino.

The reading rally, which featured students from 18 schools in eight districts, took place on Sept. 10.

The event was in support of San Bernardino County's Vision2Read Initiative, which looks to promote early literacy and support all children from cradle to career. As part of the Vision2Read Initiative and Footsteps2Brilliance early literacy program, there has been a reading challenge for children to have more than 5 million words read this summer.

Since the kickoff to the Footsteps2Brilliance reading program began in 2017, more than 117 million words have been read with more than 389,000 books by county early readers. To enroll children into the free Footsteps2Brilliance program, go to

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