Schools to be source for summer reading

Published 05/07 2013 06:17PM

Updated 05/08 2013 12:52PM

CHAMPAIGN -- This summer, School District Unit #4 wants to make sure kids stay hooked to reading. It's kicking off a summer reading program. School libraries will stay open during the next few months. The PTA is organizing a Read-a-Thon. WCIA-3's Jessica Shaw has more.

There will be reading nights, game nights and workbooks. It's all designed to keep kids from forgetting things during the summer.

The PTA hopes the summer reading program will allow students to jump right back in when the school year starts again in the fall. Librarian Christine Cahill hopes she'll hear a lot of this this summer.

"We have these wonderful facilities. We have these wonderful books. Why leave them laying closed?"

Carrie Busey's library will be one of four staying open.

"I thought that will be awesome because not that much libraries are open around my town."

The idea is to encourage the new summer reading program too. It includes a Read-a-Thon where kids can earn books, workbooks and game nights for students to practice science, math and art.

"We wanted to start this program to help students retain that knowledge that they gained over the year."

The district's goal is to have every student reading at grade level by third grade. Those involved think the program will help students keep up and keep on in school.

"Over the summer, kids can lose a lot of ground to make up. The brain is like a muscle. If you use it, you won't lose it."

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