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Summer Reading Pilot Program

Nightlight Reading is looking for help!
We are looking for teachers, librarians, tutors and organizations who are working with 10- to 12-year-old at-risk boys this summer. For our pilot summer reading program, we have published last year’s winning short stories and are now working to get them into the hands of boys to read after school is out this summer.  We are looking for ideas and incentives to help boys get hooked on reading outside of the school setting. And, most importantly, we are looking for boys who we can provide these amazing engaging winning stories to read.  With your help we can track their reading achievement and gain valuable feedback about how we can best grow Nightlight Reading.

PLEASE CONTACT NIGHTLIGHT READING through our online form, check the Summer Reading Program box, and include your email and phone number. We will reply promptly!  CONTACT NOW>>

Note: There is no cost for this Nightlight Reading summer reading program but it is limited. Please contact us soon!

Why is Summer Reading Important?
There are a number of studies in the last 10 years that show that summertime non-readers have a significant loss in reading achievement when compared to students who did read over summer vacation. Here are a couple of online references:

From Summer Reading at New York Libraries:
In a 2009 government web cast, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan described summer learning loss as “devastating.”  This is what researchers have often referred to as the “summer slide.”  It is estimated that school summer breaks will cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction, with disadvantaged students being disproportionately affected (Cooper, 1996).  Researchers conclude that two-thirds of the 9th grade reading achievement gap can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during the elementary school years, with nearly one-third of the gap present when children begin school (Alexander, Entwistle & Olsen, 2007).  The body of existing research demonstrates the critical importance that the early development of summer reading habits can play in providing the foundation for later success.

From California Library Association Regarding Summer Reading Programs
In 2010, a study carried out at Dominican University found that:
“Students who participated in the public library summer reading program scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those students who did not participated and they gained in other ways as well.”

A 2001 survey of summer reading programs in southern California notes that:
“Teachers reported on over 900 participating and non-participating students. Differences between students who participated in the Summer Reading Program and their non-participating peers were readily apparent. The most dramatic difference between students who participated in the program and their classmates was in their enthusiasm for reading.”