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Summer Reading Program

June 26, 2014, 6:08 PM by Brittany Larson

Summer Reading Program
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

While summer is a time for many kids to play outdoors with their friends, some decided to dive into a good book rather than a swimming pool.

School might be out but some elementary students are still finding opportunities to learn.

"I like reading because it gives me something to do and I can actually learn so that I can be ready for middle school and when things come my way," Student, Baslael Osman said.

"It's a way to get students to come and to continually read," MST Lowell Cybrarian, Erin Radway said.

The Sioux Falls school district received a summer research grant and the idea is to get kids to read throughout the summer. The school's cybrarian, Erin Radway says research shows consistent reading will prepare students for another school year.

"If kids read throughout the summer they will come back ready at the level that they were but if they don't read throughout the summer they will fall back." Radway said.

This September organizers of the program will see if the extra hours students spent reading will pay off.

"In the fall we will do another comparison to see if they maintained that reading level hopefully if they increased it that would be great but we are just hoping it doesn't fall backwards," Radway said.

This is the first year Lowell MST Elementary has implemented the summer program. On average, around 45 students participate.

"I like to come and read and stuff because I want to teach kids how to read too," Student, Zellbe Walker said.

"All the kids are excited because they can play with their friends and read, Osman said.

"It's really fun to see the kids come in and get excited about reading." Radway said.

Excitement they hope continues into the new school year.

Even though this is the last day of the summer reading club, on Monday, July 7 summer school will begin and those students will still have the opportunity to check out books.

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