Sally Fuller, the community lead for Springfield, Mass. wrote in to us to share the success they're seeing with their summer reading programs.
"Through the work of our summer leaning workgroup, we developed a city-wide summer reading project, aligned with the Springfield City Library’s Summer Reading Club, in which all participating programs – including the Springfield Public Schools’ summer school for rising 3rd graders – pledge to have all children read for 20 minutes every day.
This project represents a great partnership within the city’s summer learning community and it was totally the idea of the summer learning workgroup participants!
We are tallying the # of minutes read by all participating children and so far, in the first three weeks of summer learning programing, there have been 11,129 20-minute reading sessions done by 9 programs (the SPS summer school is considered one program) for a total of 222,580 minutes read.
Program aims to keep students reading at grade level in the summer – July 25, 2017
Springfield students rack up the summer reading minutes, as part of program to increase literacy – July 25, 2017
Molly-Goren Watts. our data partner from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, will keep the tally going and we will be announcing the minutes read across the city once more during the summer and then at the end.
Please watch the WWLP segment and see the young camper so articulate about summer reading. And check out the photos from masslive.com, as Dave Roback captured to joy of the event!!"