Kids Read Now summer reading program celebrates a decade of book deliveries

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The program’s first year served approximately 1,000 children, with 8,000 books sent home. This year, around 100,000 children are taking part and almost a million books are to be distributed.

Leib Lurie said Kids Read Now has captured the attention of educators in 37 states. Efforts are underway to donate books to students at schools in Uvalde, Texas, following the deaths of students and teachers in a mass shooting in May.

School districts that choose to participate in the reading program pay $45 per student involved.

Brad Neavin, former Superintendent of Vandalia-Butler Schools, speaks at the Kids Read Now 10th anniversary celebration earlier this summer.

Brad Neavin, former Superintendent of Vandalia-Butler Schools, speaks at the Kids Read Now 10th anniversary celebration earlier this summer.

The program begins with a wish list compiled by program staff, with 160 books available. The list is color coded by grade level so the teacher can direct the student to the appropriate level of books for their summer reading. The child then chooses the books and the teacher helps him enter the selections into the computer.

As summer arrives, children will receive a book each week for eight weeks and will have the opportunity in week nine to write their own story when they receive a booklet with a picture and instructions to write about it. happening in the picture.

Parents are contacted weekly to remind them to check read books and read with their child.

“They (the kids) choose the books, we hire them every week, have activities to do with mom and dad, and they get prizes when they do. It’s winning, winning, winning on every level,” Lurie said.

“When children choose books, they are three times more likely to read them than when someone hands them a random book. When they show up in the mail with the child’s name on it, they will read the book” , Lurie said.

Jennifer Strehle, a third-grade teacher at Demmitt, likes what she saw from the Kids Read Now program.

“These books give students a chance not only to practice their reading skills, but also to escape to new places they can imagine while reading. they read, and some students even bring their books to school to let their classmates read,” Strehle said.

For more information about Kids Read Now, visit www.KidsReadNow.org.

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