Kendall Young Library, in partnership with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program - RSVP - is encouraging kids to keep up their reading skills with the HEART Summer Reading Program. HEART stands for Help Engage a Reader Today.
Research has shown that students will suffer learning loss if they do not read during the summer, according to program officials. Teachers spend an average of 4 to 6 weeks every fall reteaching material that students have lost during the summer. Reading just four to five books over the summer can prevent a decline in a child's fall reading scores
In an effort to prevent a decline in a child's learning loss, RSVP volunteers will be available to read one-on-one with children on Thursday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. in June and July, following the library's Recycling Squad program.
Young Taryn Owen shares a book with Reading Buddy Sharon Helm at Kendall Young Library.
"The kids of Pleasantview and Sunset Heights Elementary School have loved their RSVP Reading Buddies, so believe this will be a successful and helpful summer program as well," said Becky Koppen, RSVP volunteer coordinator.
Any child interested in reading with a Reading Buddy is encouraged to attend.