A new summer reading program will provide the opportunity for all elementary school students to read this summer. During the last week of school, each student in the elementary schools have chosen 6-8 brand new books to keep and read with their families during the summer months.
The idea for the program came from reading specialist Kathy Williams. According to Williams, “Research shows that simply giving kids books to read often can have (does) a similar positive impact (just as much) as does summer school in reducing the “summer (academic) slide.”
According to the authors of a report from the National Summer Learning Association: “It’s common for teachers to spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. That month of re-teaching eliminates a month that could have been spent on teaching new information and skills.”
The report’s authors further note that family income plays a significant role in determining the magnitude of this summer slide.
So, Williams and the other school’s reading specialists, Sharon Ganster and Sherri Rogalla, worked with teachers and parent-teacher organizations during the school year to raise enough funds to purchase several books for every elementary school child.