Kistler students celebrate summer reading program with United Way

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Oct. 8 – WILKES-BARRE – Bill Jones, president and CEO of United Wyoming Valley, says research shows that reading just six books over the summer can keep a struggling reader from downgrading.

“Not all kids are lucky enough to have books to read at home,” Jones said. “Our Tag In summer reading program provides children with books and the ice cream party is their reward. It’s a great way to encourage children to read and keep learning, and be ready for next year.”

Kistler Elementary School students who participated in United Way’s “Tag In” summer reading program were rewarded with a free ice cream party this week.

The program encourages students to read and prevents the learning loss phenomenon known as the “summer slide”.

The Ice Cream Party at Kistler Elementary School is the latest event in United Way’s summer reading program.

The program kicks off in June with a book fair where K-3 students are invited to choose six free books to save and read over the summer.

This year, local businesses and organizations donated 10,175 gently used books to United Way’s “Tag In” summer reading challenge.

Over 3,000 books were reserved for the annual book fair and the remaining books were distributed to local early learning centers and schools throughout the Wyoming Valley.

“We are very grateful to the United Way for supporting our students,” said Kistler Elementary School Principal Corey Brenner. “Students need access to books to help them improve their early literacy skills. The Tag In Summer Reading Challenge gives students the inspiration and resources they need to start the school year off right.

Contact Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.

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