Summer Reading Program promotes developmental growth

Studies show that students who do not engage in reading activities over the summer are developmentally behind their classmates at the start of a new school year. In fact, they could potentially fall more than two and a half years behind by the time they reach fifth grade. To battle that “summer slide,” Garland ISD arms thousands of students with books, learning games, tips and information.

A partnership with Scholastic enables the district to gift more than 50,000 age-appropriate pieces of literature to Pre-K-first grade students. In addition to paperbacks, children also receive reading logs and journals, book marks, think sheets, math games and family activities.

“After having finished a great year in Pre-K, students are going home with some really cool things to do in the summer,” said Parsons Prekindergarten School librarian Beverly Combs. “They are all excited because they do love books.”

With this donation, students are able to maintain that love of reading and inspire others in their household to follow suit.

“Our focus is on promoting shared family reading,” said GISD Family and Community Engagement Director Ramona Aguilar. “We have also provided professional development to assist campuses to plan events, promote and celebrate.” 

Adding that campus piece helps bring the program full-circle, bridging summer reading to everyday learning year-round.