Break with a Book
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Break with a Book

  • Guilford County Schools Launches Break with a Book

    Literacy program offers books and incentives to elementary students in Title I schools over summer break

    GREENSBORO, N.C. – Building literacy skills helps students succeed in every class, and by continuing to read during the summer, children are better prepared for the school year. That is why Guilford County Schools (GCS) is excited to announce the launch of Break with a Book—a summer reading program designed to help more than 20,000 elementary students and their families who attend Title I schools have the tools they need to keep reading and succeeding.

    “We are so excited for this opportunity to improve our students’ home libraries and incentivize reading,” says Dr. Whitney Oakley, interim chief academic officer. “Learning should not end with the school year. Through Break with a Book, we are confident more GCS students will be able to avoid the summer slide and continue to develop reading interests and literacy skills throughout the summer break.”

    Research shows reading six books during the summer months sets students up for success and helps to prevent them from losing academic progress in the months they are not in school. To help them avoid losing academic ground, GCS will bolster family libraries and promote family engagement by providing six books to each K-5 child who attends a Title I school in Guilford County.

    Literacy is fundamental to academic success and reading is a powerful way to build vocabulary and increase overall literacy. That being said, reading should not be a chore. Break with a Book does more than set benchmarks for summer reading, it fosters a love of reading and encourages the community to be involved in the growth of students. Along with access to culturally diverse books that the students can choose themselves, GCS is organizing events throughout the summer to motivate students, offer prizes to those who complete all six books and engage families in summer reading activities.

    GCS has positioned this program as a community-driven campaign, and with the help of Guilford Parent Academy, they are seeking partner organizations to join the campaign. Interested parties can learn more at the Break with a Book Breakfast Meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 12 at the offices of Guilford Parent Academy (501 W. Washington St. Greensboro, NC). Local summer enrichment programs, libraries and student-focused organizations can all participate this summer in the following ways:

    • Donate funding to purchase Break with a Book SWAG items for students, ambassadors and teachers (ex: t-shirts, stickers, small toys, etc.) to encourage participation and build excitement.
    • Donate prizes such as coupons, event tickets, meal tickets or other items.
    • Donate funding to purchase mid-summer “check-in” incentives.
    • Host a mid-summer “check-in” event for families and offer incentives.
    • Sponsor a back-to-school event or prize for students who read all six books.

    “Student literacy flourishes when parents and communities are deeply engaged in their children’s education,” says Lindsay Whitley, director of Guilford Parent Academy. “We understand the vast responsibilities parents juggle, and by providing the resources for improving literacy at home, parents can focus on their children’s success in school and life.”

    Learning should not stop because students are out of the classroom. Break with a Book makes sure kids have a fun summer without taking a break from the progress they have made in school.