LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Mayor Greg Fischer is celebrating children after a major milestone.

Mayor Fischer and officials from Jefferson County Public Schools have challenged students in their 1,000 Books before Kindergarten program.

The program challenges students and families to read at least 1,000 books before kindergarten. It began in 2014 and nearly 3,000 students have reached that goal, including students at the Unseld Early Learning Center in Newburg. The students in that program had 100 percent completion.

“When you start reading, you develop a habit of reading and you develop a love for reading. What reading does is open the world up to you. This is a doable goal and it is something we want every parent and every caregiver and every family to get engaged in,” Dr. Donna Hargens, JCPS superintendent, said.

Parents who want to start on the challenge can sign up at and Louisville Free Public Library and pick up a reading log.