By Tia Lynn Lecorchick
The Morgan County Primary School is introducing a new summer reading program for students. Each primary school student received five books last Thursday during school assemblies that they have chosen to read over this coming summer. This program was funded through the Morgan County Foundation For Excellence in Public Education (MCFEPE), financial support from Target Stores, Central Georgia EMC, and Dollar General Early Literacy Grant.
“Many children experience what is known as the ‘summer slide’ where they lose reading skills over the summer while not in school. The simple solution to the ‘summer slide’ is to read everyday during the summer vacation. This program will provide each of our students with five books that they can use for summer reading,” said Wayne Myers, a MCPS teacher.
The Kick Off Assembly for the Reading Program on May 15 was hosted by Bobby Mackey, from the Morgan County Boys and Girls Club, with a special appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog. According to the Summer Reading Program’s Fact Sheet, a primary school student can lose up to three months of reading skills over summer vacation if they do not consistently read.
“Students will have a reading log to record the reading of the five books given out. If a student completes and returns the reading log at the start of the school year they can receive a prize of their choice,” said Myers. Student test data from Fall 2013 will be compared to Fall 2014 student test data to determine the success of the program. The Morgan County Library has pledged to remind students to complete their summer reading and the Morgan County Boys and Girls Club will host reading discussions for the students and offer summer assistance to help maintain students’ reading skills.