Read SD is kicking off the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge Campaign
o Statewide program designed to combat Summer Slide, a regression of learning ability among children during summer months.
o Enables parents and educators to quickly find reading materials that match their child or student's literary ability.
o Theme this year for the summer reading program is “Every Hero Has A Story”
As part of the goal for every student to enter 4th grade either proficient or advanced in reading, the South Dakota Department of Education is coordinating a reading initiative to bolster student reading achievement year round. Read! SD will raise awareness of the summer loss epidemic, share compelling research on the importance of personalized reading activities, and provide access to a variety of free resources to support targeted reading.
"As Educational Leaders, we will take a prominent role advocating a dynamic quality education
for each student in South Dakota." - Developed September 29, 1995
The Benefits To Readers In A Summer Reading Program Include:
• encouragement that reading become a lifelong habit
• reluctant readers can be drawn in by the activities
• reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up
• the program can generate interest in the library and books
And it being summer, the program can just be good fun and provide an opportunity for family time.