My Very Own Library
My Very Own Library
June 12

Newark students rise against 'the slide' this summer!

On Wednesday, June 12, 2013 My Very Own Library literacy initiative armed students with the necessary literacy tools to combat the Summer Slide - the loss in learning when kids don't read over the summer. More than 12,000 students from twenty Newark Public Schools (more than half of the city's kindergarten to 8th grade students) participating in the My Very Own Library literacy initiative (MVOL), walked away with 10 FREE books before summer break.

Research shows that the Summer Slide accounts for as much as 85% of the reading achievement gap between lower income students and their middle - and upper - income peers. To help motivate kids to read this summer, MVOL, together with the Foundation for Newark's Future, NJ After 3, and Scholastic Book Fairs, teamed up to create a program that
motivates kids to read every day, and provides them access to brand-new books to help build their home libraries.

The June 12th - MVOL summer reading kick-off & rise against the slide activities included:

Free Books for Every Student
Every student at the 20 MVOL supported Newark Public Schools selected three FREE NEW BOOKS at the Scholastic Book Fair. An additional free book, selected by the school officials, was also distributed to the students to take home to read over the summer. This brings the total number of books in each student's new home library (thanks to MVOL) to ten. Other book distributions took place in December and March.

Family Literacy Nights
Several MVOL Newark Public Schools hosted MVOL family literacy nights - to help parents learn the best ways to support their children's reading habits over the summer.

June 12

June 12

Reading aloud to young children is so critical that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that doctors prescribe reading activities along with other advice given to parents at regular check-ups.

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