Winger Summer Reading program minimizes summer learning loss for students

State Representative Christine Winger is again sponsoring a special Summer Reading Club for students in Kindergarten through fifth grade.

Rep. Winger’s program 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 youth 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 August 21 to complete the program.

Those who read all eight books and submit their forms to Rep. Winger’s office will be invited to a special recognition event in the fall.

Minimizing Summer Learning Loss
When young people aren’t engaged in educational activities during the summer, studies show they experience learning loss. While Summer learning loss erases gains made during the school year, summer reading programs keep kids growing. Things you should know:
  • 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

All children of the 45th District in Kindergarten through 5th grade can participate. 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 also download a copy of the brochure from Rep. Winger’s Website.

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