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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Summer Reading Challenge

Dear Parent or Guardian,

I hope this letter ­ finds you well. In an effort to keep all of our students reading at-level over the summer months – I am happy to announce that we have a new program that will help us achieve this goal. For students to reach their full potential, they need a strong foundation in reading and writing. Reading outside of the classroom is critical for maintaining and expanding a child’s literacy skills especially over the extended summer break. In fact, research suggests that students should spend a minimum of 20 minutes a day reading outside of the classroom.
I’m pleased to announce the launch of our new Summer Reading Program. The goals of this program are simple:

• Encourage students to become lifelong readers
• Teach students how to think critically about what they’re reading
• Connect students and families with the local library
• Expose students to different types of authors and characters 

Students need to log their reading (books, newspaper, magazines, cereal boxes, signs, etc.). Each student who logs 10 hours or more of reading will be rewarded with a Popsicle party in August. I will also recognize my top three readers with a goody bag and provide a McDonald's lunch in the library. If you need a log stop by the school office this summer. 

 “Readers Today, Leaders Tomorrow!”
Andrea Taylor

Raymond L. Young Library Media Specialist

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