HISD Encourages Summer Reading With Two Reward Programs

May 14, 2010

Summer break is only a few weeks away and HISD wants it’s nearly 200,000 students to use the off months as a time to relax, recharge and read.

In an effort to encourage children and teens to read over the summer break, HISD and the City of Houston are teaming up to spread awareness about two programs that reward students for reading.

Today at 11:30 a.m., Houston Mayor Annise Parker and HISD Chief of Staff Michele Pola will join students from Ketelson Elementary, Marshall Middle and Davis High schools at the Houston Public Library Carnegie Neighborhood Library (1050 Quitman, 77009) to officially begin the countdown to summer reading.

This summer will be third year for HISD’s successful Millionaire Club which encourages students to read five books over the summer. If every student participates, then over a million books will be read by the time school starts.

“Research has shown that a child’s reading ability can diminish greatly over the summer months,” said HISD Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier. “If we can connect our young people with books that match both their reading ability and interests, then many of them can avoid this backslide and continue building their reading skills.”

This week, students at all HISD campuses will receive reading lists, commitment forms and log sheets to participate in the Millionaire Club.  In the fall, students will return their reading logs to their school librarian to be eligible to receive incentives, recognition and prizes. Recommended student reading lists include books that can be checked out for free at any Houston Public Library. For more information about the HISD Millionaire Club visit www.hisdlibraryservices.org/millionaire.

In addition to finding recommended books at the Houston Public Library, HISD students can also participate in the HPL Summer Reading Program.  The theme for this year is “From Fables to Fantasy” and participants can earn a chance to win an HP mini netbook, board games, books, craft kits, coupons to restaurants and more. The more books they read the more prizes they are eligible to win. In addition to rewarding incentives, the program offers many free and fun programs including entertainers, story times, science activities, crafts, and workshops for kids & teens. The program runs from June 1 to August 1. More than 800 free events will take place during the two-month program.

“I can think of no better way to spend a hot lazy summer day than with a good book at the Houston Public Library,” said Mayor Parker.  “Whether it’s the classics or the latest vampire series there are so many options from which to choose.”

For more information about the HPL Summer Reading Program visit www.houstonlibrary.org/summer.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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