Keep kids reading this summer

State Representative Christine Winger is sponsoring a Summer Reading Club, a program that encourages fun and educational reading for young people during the summer months. Studies have shown that reading just 5 books can prevent summer learning loss for students returning to school in the fall.

Rep. Winger's reading program challenges students in kindergarten through fifth grade to read at least eight books on their own during the summer break. Participants choose their own books and keep track of their reading. The students have until July 31 to complete the program.

Those who read all eight books and submit their forms will be invited to a special recognition event in August.

Reasons to enroll children in summer reading programs

  • When young people aren’t engaged in educational activities during the summer, they experience learning loss. 
  • Summer learning loss erases gains made during the school year, but summer reading programs keep kids growing.
  • Summer reading loss is cumulative. By the end of 6th grade, children who consistently lose reading skills over the summer will be two years behind their classmates.
  • Students who participated in a summer reading program had better reading skills at the end of third grade and scored higher on standardized tests than students who did not participate.
  • In a study of fourth graders, the students who read for fun every day scored the highest on reading assessment tests.

How to join Rep. Winger's Reading Club

  • Summer Reading Club brochures can be picked up at the public libraries in the communities of Addison, Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Itasca, Roselle & Wood Dale. 
  • Parents can download a copy of the brochure or submit the reading form for their children online.

For more information about this program, contact Rep. Winger’s office at (847) 252-9311 or through her website.

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