In a “normal” year, summer break can be a challenging time for kids to maintain their educational journey. Commonly referred to as the “summer slide,” teachers regularly spend the early stages of a new school year catching students up on things they may have forgotten when summer broke their momentum. With students out of school since March, that impact is going to be far greater this year. That's why we teamed up with Roanoke City Public Schools (RCPS) to keep kids engaged in reading this summer by providing more than $10,000 in prizes to elementary and middle school students who participate in the virtual summer reading program.
Through stories, children expand not only their vocabulary, but their understanding of the world. Books can be both windows into new perspectives and mirrors that reflect a reader's own experiences. With this in mind, in addition to incentive prizes, we donated more than 500 books to RCPS that feature diverse characters, storylines and authors in an effort to encourage social justice dialogue in schools, families and communities.
Check out the list of diverse books to use as a resource for you, your families and friends. The virtual summer reading program is open to rising K-8th grade students enrolled in RCPS and runs until the end of July. Students can sign up and find more information here.