ADVISORY: Superintendent Juneau in Great Falls on National Summer Learning Day

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
By Allyson Hagen

Superintendent Juneau in Great Falls on National Summer Learning Day
Joins Boys and Girls Club and Summer Food Program to Promote Summer Reading

Great Falls, MT – Superintendent Denise Juneau will be at the Westside Boys and Girls Club in Great Falls on Thursday, June 21, to celebrate Summer Learning Day and give away books to young readers and local summer programs that serve children when school is not in session.

"This summer, I'm reaching out to students, parents, libraries, schools and organizations that serve children during the summer and asking them to join me in taking the Summer 6 Reading Challenge to make sure students don't lose the reading skills they've worked so hard on during the school year while they are on summer vacation," said Superintendent Juneau. "As a former English teacher, instilling a love of reading in Montana students is of special importance to me; however, we all know how critical reading skills are for the future success of our children."

Research shows that students who don’t read during the summer break run the risk of losing some of their reading comprehension skills and have a much harder time catching up when school starts again in the fall. This is called the “summer slide.” Over the years, the achievement gap widens between students who read during the summer break and those who don’t. Research also demonstrates that reading just six books during the summer can help keep a struggling reader from falling behind.

WHO:  Superintendent Denise Juneau, Sonya Smith, Executive Director of Boys and Girls Clubs of Cascade County and 75 students

WHAT:  Juneau will meet with students, give away books and sign students up for the Summer 6 Reading Challenge

WHEN/WHERE:  Thursday, June 21, 1:00 pm, Westside Boys and Girls Club, 600 1st Avenue SW, gymnasium



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