Break with a Book
Guilford County Schools Launched Break with a Book
Literacy program offered books and incentives to elementary students in Title I schools over summer break
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) announced 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 bolstered family libraries and promoted 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 organized events in the summer of 2018 to motivate students, offer prizes to those who complete all six books and engage families in summer reading activities.
Learning should not stop because students are out of the classroom. Break with a Book ensured kids had a fun summer without taking a break from the progress made in school.