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Syracuse City School District Kicks Off its Summer Reading Campaign

The Syracuse City School District had their kick-off celebration on June 4th at Salem Hyde Elementary School announcing an unprecedented “Spring into Summer” Reading Program. Superintendent Contreras, Mayor Miner and local literacy partners including Syracuse 20/20, WCNY, Onondaga County Public Library, Success by Six and the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County were on hand to distribute books to first graders at Salem Hyde.

The school district has purchased 10 books for every K-5 grade student in the district to encourage them to read over the summer. Reading and staying academically active during the summer months is extremely important and together with the community we challenge our students to read these 10 books and more this summer. As partners in the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, we recognize the importance of summer learning in boosting children’s reading proficiency. We believe in the power of summer learning opportunities to accelerate academic achievement, support healthy development and enrich the lives of our children. Working with our community partners, we want everyone to encourage our children to read and to talk about the books they are reading.

With the distribution of the books and information and advice for parents the school district is hoping to reverse the “summer slide”. Research has shown that as much as 85 percent of the achievement gap between students from low-income and high-income families can be attributed to the loss of reading skills during the summer. In addition to handing out the books there will also be a workshop for parents in attendance with information and advice about how to motivate their children to read this summer and how to set up a quiet space for reading in their home.

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