Reading Heats Up This Summer in the Sunshine State

We’re excited about what’s going on in Florida!  This summer, Florida Department of Education Commissioner, Dr. Eric J. Smith, and the Florida Department of State are encouraging all students to read more by launching the Commissioner’s Summer Reading Adventure .  As Smith states:

“Encouraging more students to read this summer is the primary goal of the Commissioner’s Summer Reading Adventure, as reading can help students explore exciting realms from the comfort of their homes or public libraries.”

One of the primary aims of the campaign is to promote the retention and growth of students’ reading skills during the summer break.  As we’ve argued in the past, students who continue to read at a targeted level during the intervening summer months can mitigate the loss that typically occurs in the summer months.  In fact, some students have even demonstrated reading gains – as if the educational spigot was never turned off during the summer.

Florida’s effort encourages students to use both our own Find a Book and their local libraries during the summer and year round for both educational and recreational purposes.  Additionally, the Florida Library Youth Program (FLYP) has designed summer activities to engage readers through music, visual arts, movement, and more.

It’s also worth mentioning that Just Read, Florida! is a statewide reading initiative that brings reading to the forefront in public schools, community groups, and volunteer organizations.  Since its establishment in 2001, the percent of Florida public school students who are reading on grade level has increased by 14 percent.  It’s worth a look. tag cloud . domain list .

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