State Rep. Ryan Spain reads to children as part of his Summer Reading Program. | State Rep. Ryan Spain
State Rep. Ryan Spain (R-73rd District) is motivating young readers through his third annual Summer Reading Club program. The program has a month left for grade-school children in the district to participate before the Wednesday, July 31 cutoff.
Participating in a summer reading program can prevent what is known as the “summer slide,” which is a decline in reading ability and other academic skills during the summer when students are not in school.
“Students who read over the summer enter the school year in the fall ahead of students who do not read over the summer,” Spain said on his website. “This is a fun way to reward students with a free ice cream and swimming party for simply reading eight books over their summer break and returning a form signed by a parent or guardian to invite them to a swimming party. It’s important for all of us in our communities to encourage students to get ahead by becoming better readers.”
To participate, children can pick up a reading program brochure at local schools or libraries, or print one out on Spain’s website. Once they have read eight books, children can fill out the brochure and submit it to be invited to a Summer Reading Ice Cream & Swimming Party in August, according to Spain’s website.