Hilliard City Schools is encouraging families to help their children keep critical reading skills strong by participating in Columbus Metropolitan Library’s (CML) Summer Reading Challenge.
Participants can track reading on Game Boards to earn great prizes, and earn raffle entries along the way to win even more.
CML’s annual Summer Reading Challenge runs Wednesday, June 1 through Sunday, July 31.
Studies show that kids who read during the summer maintain reading skills that are critical to future school success. Loss of these skills is often referred to as the summer slide. The Third Grade Reading Guarantee in Ohio means many central Ohio third graders could repeat the grade if they don’t pass state proficiency testing. This makes summer reading even more important.
“This pandemic has deeply impacted our young minds and their ability to learn,” said CML Public Services Director Kathy Shahbodaghi. “Helping them get back on track starts with books and reading. This is especially critical during the out-of-school months.”
“We hope our students and families take advantage of Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Summer Reading Challenge,” said David Stewart. “As we begin to emerge from this pandemic, maintaining literacy skills are more critical than ever before.”
Visit columbuslibrary.org/summerreading for more information.