Katahdin Trust and United Way team up for summer slide reading program

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United Way of Aroostook and Katahdin Trust Company have partnered again for the summer slide reading program. The program encourages early readers to continue reading throughout the summer to help them stay engaged in learning and hone their reading skills during summer vacation.

AROOSTOOK COUNTY, Maine – United Way of Aroostook and Katahdin Trust Company have partnered again for the summer slide reading program. The program encourages early readers to continue reading throughout the summer to help them stay engaged in learning and hone their reading skills during summer vacation.

This will be the sixth year that Katahdin Trust has supported this program.

“We are proud to partner with United Way of Aroostook for the Summer Slide program,” said Krista Putnam, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “After the transformation in education that occurred last year, we believe this program is more important than ever to keep children engaged in learning over the summer. “

This year, 635 bags containing books, activities and other fun items were distributed to first graders in 20 schools in Aroostook County by United Way. This program will keep children up to speed with reading and will help prevent the typical “summer slip” that can occur once children complete the school year.

“Reading during the summer vacation may not be a priority for children, but we want to encourage parents to do so. Summer reading is essential to a child’s ability not only to retain information learned in the previous year, but also to develop knowledge and critical thinking skills for the year ahead, ”said Sarah Ennis , Executive Director of Centraide d’Aroostook.

“We are grateful for this annual partnership with Katahdin Trust to help prevent the summer slip that can occur. He puts books in the hands of every first graders to make sure all kids have books available to read at their reading level, ”said Ennis.

United Way of Aroostook is dedicated to improving the education and future of the youngest citizens of Aroostook County through the Summer Slide program as well as several other United Way programs such as Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Stuff the Bus.

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