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Summer ReadingPoint Pleasant Borough School District launches 10th Annual Summer Reading Program

Parents and educators know that summer reading is the key to enhancing children’s skill retention during the summer months. Research has proven that children that don’t read or participate in any educational activities during the summer can lose two-to-three months of grade-level equivalency, in a phenomenon called the “summer slide,” which can have significant lasting consequences.

“Experts agree that reading during the summer months can be the most effective means of combatting the summer slide,” said Director of Curriculum & Instruction Susan Ladd, Ed.D. “Children who read during the summer months don’t just retain their literacy skills, they actually gain them, which leads to increased academic performance when school resumes, while the inverse is true for children who do not read during the summer. These children often slide backward, losing literacy skills and reading progress.”

For the past nine years, the Point Pleasant Borough School District has sought to mitigate the effects of the summer slide with its annual Summer Reading Program. The district continues the tradition with the 10th Annual Summer Reading Program, which kicks off Jun. 19.

“The Summer Reading Program presents the perfect opportunity for our students to develop a love of reading,” said Dr. Ladd, who, along with a committee, oversees the Summer Reading Program. “There are no limitations on summer reading, students are able to select the books they read. And as long as the books they select are appropriate to their reading level and ability, they can read almost anything. And the benefits are recursive – because students choose their own reading material, they are much more likely to enjoy what they’re reading, which will lead to increased voluntary reading, and ultimately, to increased proficiency.”Build a better world

“Point Pleasant Borough’s local Summer Reading Program’s central theme is Build A Better World,” said Dr. Ladd. “The theme provides the program’s overall framework, guiding exciting activities occurring at the Point Pleasant Borough Library throughout the summer. These activities help to further engage students in the books they read, further enhancing their enjoyment of reading.”

According to Dr. Ladd, the 10th Annual Summer Reading Program runs for approximately nine weeks, from Jun 19 through Aug. 25. Throughout the duration of the program, students in Grades one through eight are to record every book they read on specialized Reading Logs available from the District’s school librarians as well as the librarians at the Point Pleasant Borough Branch of the Ocean County Library. Participating high school students can submit their reading records online at https://docs.google.com/a/pointpleasant.k12.nj.us/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdMdwQFRkZ4bqrxPI65vaizGFJIFiX-sDPqvriTz0_3m46gVQ/viewform?c=0&w=1 or on hard copy through the library.

“At the conclusion of the program, our committee will tally each students’ submissions,” she said. “Two winners from each grade and school will be selected via random drawing to win a prize pack including $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card and gift certificates for local establishments! Plus, I’m pleased to announce that once again, thanks to the Foundation for Excellence in Education and our school PTO’s one random winner from each school will win a grand prize of a $100 Amazon Gift Card. All Summer Reading Program participants will have a chance to win one of four Amazon Gift Cards! One participant from each district school will be selected via random drawing to win their school’s grand prize.”

All winners will be announced in September.

“For the past 10 years, the Summer Reading Program has been cultivating an appreciation for reading among Point Pleasant Borough students,” said Superintendent of Schools Vincent S. Smith. “In that time, we’ve observed the program’s participants demonstrate greater retention over the summer and improved academic performance during the school year. And as we prepare to launch the 10th Annual Summer Reading Program, I just want to say, keep up the good work!”

*Point Pleasant Borough Schools’ Summer Reading Program is open to all Point Pleasant Borough Schools’ students who will be enrolled in grades one through 12 this September. Participants should take care to submit the appropriate Reading Logs.

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