Virginia Beach Juvenile Detention Center Students Awarded Top Honors for Reading

Monday, April 30, 2018

​The Virginia Beach Juvenile Detention Center (VBJDC) was one of four schools to take home a first place prize this year in the Unbound Read-A-Thon, based on the number of minutes VBJDC students read over the course of the month.  Additionally, the students read a total of 1,739 books during the contest, finishing third place in the nation.

Every year, the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings sponsors the Unbound Read-A-Thon, a month-long reading initiative and competition for students held in juvenile facilities.  Unbound celebrates reading and encourages students who are in these facilities to explore worlds, ideas and people far beyond the walls of the youth correctional centers where they are confined.  This year 81 schools and more than 3,078 students in 29 states participated in Unbound. Together, they read more than 5,123 books.

The mission of the Human Services Department is to provide Virginia Beach citizens the opportunity to achieve the highest possible level of self-sufficiency, safety and quality of life through an array of coordinated services delivered in a climate of dignity, respect and accountability.  Learn more about Human Services at

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