Sidney City Schools is proud to partner with Kids Read Now to provide free books to each child currently enrolled in grades K-4.
Throughout the summer, our students will receive 8 books accompanied with Discovery Sheets, which have questions and activities specifically written for each book to support family literacy engagement. The goal is to keep kids from falling victim to the summer reading slide and provide the foundation for better academic success and a lifelong love of reading.
The mission of Kids Read Now is to retain literacy gains and build home libraries for K-4 students. There is plenty of evidence indicating that kids who are not proficient readers by fourth grade may never catch up to their peers. Reading is a skill developed through practice. That is where Kids Read Now helps by keeping students reading outside of the classroom.
Kids, regardless of race, income, or English language proficiency at home, can and do achieve markedly higher learning gains over the summer when parents are engaged, ensure kids read the books that they choose and Kids Read Now provide, and set time to discuss those books.
Students have the opportunity to select the books they will receive from the Kids Read Now Wish List, which contains a wide variety of genres and titles. Wish list books are chosen by the Kids Read Now literacy advisory board and organized by reading level. Before the end of the school year, Sidney City Schools teachers will look at all the data the district collects to determine the Lexile reading level of each student to ensure students are receiving books at an appropriate reading level.
“There are Discovery Sheets with questions and activities that accompany the book to help with family-child engagement surrounding the books at home,” explained SCS Curriculum Director Brooke Gessler. “These mirror pre- and post-reading activities teachers use to engage students in the classroom, as well as those activities that are done while reading in the classroom. Our hope is our families will take full advantage of the Discovery Sheets; however, what is most important is getting books in the hands of our students.”
The district can fully fund this partnership with grant money through Title I funds, providing 8 books each for over 1,000 students.
Sidney City Schools families with students in grades K-4 will receive more information about Kids Read Now as we approach the end of the school year. For more information about Kids Read Now, visit www.kidsreadnow.org.