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Friday, June 16, 2017

How to get your child prepared for next year? Read | Durham Herald Sun

At Book Harvest's Books on Break event at Y.E. Smith Elementary School in May 2015, children select books to take home and keep, to help build home libraries and combat summer learning loss.
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Q: How can I best help my child be prepared for the next school year? continues Durham Herald Sun.

A: Reading in the summer is absolutely vital for students of any grade level or reading ability. Studies show that learning loss during the summer months can be reduced or eliminated — the more our students read, the less they’ll fall behind at the start of the next school year.

Fortunately, Durham Public Schools has many partners supplying Durham County children with reading material and motivation.

Our friends at the Durham County Library kicked off their Summer Reading Program last Saturday at Northgate Mall, but it’s not too late to get involved. The program runs through Aug. 12 with the theme, “Build a Better World.” You and your child may register online at or in person at your local library branch. You and your child can track the amount of time spent reading, earning a point for every minute. The Durham County Library is offering prizes for every reading milestone, from lanyards to sports bags to ear buds to aluminum water bottles, and more.

Participating students can also read away their fines at the library through the Summer Fine Read Down, with one dollar in fines removed for every 10 minutes they read at the library. Finally, DPS will also be competing to see which schools have the most improved summer reading performance from last year to this year. The farthest-rising elementary, middle and high schools in the county will win classroom STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) kits for the next school year. This is a great goal for our students in every school to rally together around...

The Harvard Graduate School of Education says that reading independently or talking about books and stories at home may have even a greater influence on children’s academic growth than summer camps or vacations. This summer, please help make next year a great one for your child  

Source: Durham Herald Sun

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