FCSD encourages summer reading


The Fulton City School District has formed a partnership with the Fulton Public Library to ensure local children avoid the “summer slide.”
 
This partnership can be successful with the support of parents and guardians, who may encourage reading throughout the summer months so their child doesn’t regress academic achievement made throughout the 2016-2017 school year.
 
Dawn Myers, from the library, familiarized herself with several FCSD children throughout the school year to get them pumped up for a summer full of fun. She visited Granby Elementary School where students in grades kindergarten through six watched a reader’s theater, in which select students acted out library offerings in June, July and August.
 
The library’s “Build a Better World” summer reading program will encourage students to read for at least 30 minutes each day and complete a series of challenges in order to compete for prizes. As a summer feeding program site, children may also receive a nutritious lunch Mondays to Fridays. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Saturdays, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
 
Myers said summer is the perfect time for children to find new, good books and library staff members are happy to help children explore various genres and levels. That is something Carri Waloven, FCSD Director of Literacy and UPK, said will expand children’s minds.
 
“FCSD wants to promote and encourage students to practice the reading and comprehension skills they learned during the school year with books and reading materials of their choice over the summer,” she said. “Lots of reading makes reading easy.”
 
She and Myers agreed that reading is fun. Volney Elementary School third-graders also have made it easier for students to access books in the Volney community because they worked with the library on establishing a free little library at the Volney park. The third-graders designed the look and it will be installed soon.