Muskegon, Michigan: Orchard View Public Schools has been awarded a $32,800 three-year grant to initiate and partially fund a summer reading program to prevent and reverse the summer reading slide.
The Greater Horizon Fund of Kansas City will offset the cost of the K-3 summer reading slide prevention program sponsored by Kids Read Now. The program–based on the work of early literacy researcher, teacher and author Dr. Richard Allington–mails student-selected books to students’ homes each week throughout the summer. Included in the program are nine Lexile-leveled books, weekly contact with parents, spring-to-fall test score analysis and three-year metrics, which will be provided to the district. 656 K-3 students will participate in the program for the summer of 2018.
Leib and Barbara Lurie established Kids Read Now as a 501C3 non-profit in 2010 as an initiative dedicated to eliminating the summer reading slide among disadvantaged youth.
The proven program combines a data-driven comprehensive suite of choices, challenges and rewards to reach every student and actively engage their parents to assure students keep reading and learning over the summer. According to research, the implementation of a reading slide prevention program can drastically reduce intervention costs resulting from summer learning loss.
Kids Read Now has provided more than 100,000 new, free books to more than 12,000 K-3 students in four states. Kids Read Now uses its proven combination of choices, challenges, and rewards to foster growth among those it serves.
Kids Read Now is expanding its proven “read-a-book, get-a-book” program nation-wide to build educational opportunities for all youth. For additional information contact Kids Read Now at 877-536-0130 or visit www.kidsreadnow.org.