AmarilloISDReads Launches Summertime Reading

#AmarilloISDReads Launches Summertime Reading Opportunities
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June 14, 2017—Amarillo ISD is rolling out a reading program to combat summer learning loss. The summer reading program, #AmarilloISDReads, gives students from each campus various options for access to reading opportunities during the summer months. 

Summer learning loss is the phenomenon where as much as two months of academic skills are lost over the summer, leading to students starting the school year off at a deficit. Over time, those losses add up to potentially large gaps in learning.  

#AmarilloISDReads is taking shape differently at each campus throughout the summer months. Campus libraries are open during specific times and days and are encouraging students and parents to visit for Makerspace projects, movie time, guest story tellers, and to check out books. Other campuses are hosting book exchanges or are giving students books to take home and keep. 

“We’re making sure all of our kids are reading during the summer and showing them how much fun reading can be,” said Lamar Elementary Principal Ginny Smith, whose school kicked off its #AmarilloISDReads event today.  Staff, parents and students joined together at Lamar for popsicles, prizes and each student took home six books and a backpack, courtesy of the nonprofit Storybridge, which is championed by AISD Curriculum Assessment Specialist Chandra Perkins.  “Storybridge will be at Lamar twice this summer,” said Smith. “So a student who comes both times will take home 12 books, which is at least one for each week of the summer. I am excited to see the results this fall and the difference it has made. We didn’t have any students leave early today, so they had a blast.”

The District’s summer reading program is being chronicled on campus Facebook and Twitter accounts using the hashtag #AmarilloISDReads.

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