PUBLIC SCHOOL KIDS TO GET MORE THAN 100K BOOKS FOR SUMMER READING
Captain Underpants, Harry Potter and Wonder Woman are a few of the characters being sent home with Palm Beach County elementary school students this summer, thanks to the Children’s Services Council.
These fictional heroes are supposed to encourage students to pick up a book and read over vacation to help stop the “summer slide,” which is when students return to school in the fall reading on lower levels than the previous school year, said Children’s Services Council CEO Lisa Williams-Taylor.
“Reading at this age, especially in third grade, is so important because it impacts everything,” said Williams-Taylor. “There’s a saying that goes, ‘In third-grade you learn to read and after that you read to learn.’”
For the sixth consecutive year, CSC will give more than 100,000 new Scholastic books to public school students in grades Pre-K through fifth. The council works with the school district to make sure the books are on grade level and cover topics the kids will enjoy.
“The program is great because it kicks off summer with academics still in mind,” said Scott McNichols, principal of Forest Hill Elementary School, where the program kicked off on Tuesday.
Williams-Taylor and Palm Beach County School District Superintendent Donald E. Fennoy II attended the launch in West Palm Beach to hand out some books.
“Oh my goodness were the children excited,” said Williams-Taylor, who has been involved with this program for the past three years. “I love this program because you get to see their smiling faces, and after the event, they get so absorbed in their new books.”
Williams-Taylor and Fennoy both read to the first-graders and Clifford the Big Red Dog stopped by. “The students flipped out when they saw Clifford,” said McNichols.