Friday, May 22, 2015

Summer Warrior Reading Challenge

Whitson Elementary School recently kicked off their new summer reading program, the Summer Warrior Reading Challenge. Through this program, each of the children in kindergarten through 4th grade will receive two new books and a bag to hold them. Then, each Thursday afternoon throughout the summer, the children can bring the books back to the school and exchange them for different ones. In August, Whitson will celebrate all students who read at least eight books over the summer and completed the Summer Warrior Reading Challenge.

This reading program is brand new to Whitson Elementary and was made possible thanks to donations from Title 1 Family Engagement, Barnes and Noble and from Whitson families. Teachers and other Whitson staff members have volunteered their time to help students exchange their books each week.

Summer reading is an important activity for students of all ages. Studies show that students who read during the summer months gain reading skills, while students who do not read during their time off school actually lose some of their skills. The National Summer Learning Association estimates that students lose about 2 months, or 22%, of their school year progress during a summer without reading, and that teachers usually have to spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer break.
Summer reading is free, fun and full of benefits. We hope that all of our students will take time to read this summer!!