At least 188 Wy’east kids will spend some time reading this summer. Though a First Book Grant, the students were awarded books to take home.
Prior to the end of the school year, the selected students completed order forms to pick out books that they were interested in reading. Many students picked up their book orders from the Wy’east library on June 28.
To encourage reading the books that they were given, a series of “check-ins” throughout the summer are scheduled to keep kids on track. Each student received a set of bookmarks where they can keep track of their reading and write a summary. The bookmarks then serve as entries into prize drawings at any of the various check-ins.
These efforts are designed to minimize the learning loss that happens if kids do not continue reading during the summer months. Research shows that the “summer slide” — the regression of kids’ reading abilities over the prolonged break — can be eliminated by students continuing to read books at their level so that they can start the next school year with the same skill ability that they achieved at the end of the previous year.