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Excellence in Education | Summer reading programs abound in Truckee Tahoe

Jessica VanPernis Weaver
Special to the Sun

Students enjoy reading time at the Glenshire Elementary School library. The Glenshire library is open to the public on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through July.

Studies have shown young people experience learning loss — in some cases, more than two months of reading progress — when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. This loss can have a cumulative effect year-over-year, ultimately affecting a student's academic success and potentially their success in the workforce later in life.

In contrast, those who read over the summer come back to school ready to learn, typically with an increase in their reading level, visualization, language, thinking skills and vocabulary.

The goal of Tahoe Truckee Reads is to ensure all children in the community are reading proficiently by the end of third grade. By working with children early on in their academic careers, our community can experience success at closing achievement gaps, reducing dropout rates and breaking the cycle of poverty.

In an effort to slow the "summer slide" that contributes to learning loss, programs are being offered through the Tahoe Truckee Reads initiative for local students to continue reading and learning throughout the summer months. Some of these programs include:

Neighborhood reading programs: Local teachers are offering reading time, literacy activities and books for children on select weekdays in July and early August at locations including Donner Creek Mobile Home Park, Sierra Village Apartments, Truckee Pines Apartments, Henness Flats Apartments and Tahoe Vista Park. Programs for students entering second through fifth grades are also offered at El Andar/Truckee Elementary Monday through Thursday in July with pre-registration.

"Paws to Read" summer reading program: The Truckee, Tahoe City and Kings Beach Public Libraries are hosting the "Paws to Read" summer reading program for children ages 5 and up throughout the season. Each library location has special events planned throughout the summer, including activities such as juggling, magic shows, reading to therapy dogs and a Wild Things animal show. For more information contact each of the public libraries directly.

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Elementary school libraries open: The school libraries at Glenshire Elementary and Tahoe Lake Elementary are open weekly in July for children to check out books, participate in accelerated reading tests and more. Glenshire Elementary is open Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through July 31. Tahoe Lake Elementary is open Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. through Aug. 6.

Additional community reading programs and literacy activities are taking place this summer at The Bookshelf Store in Truckee, and at summer day programs including TDRPD Camp Trudaca, Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe and TCPUD Camp Skylandia. Additionally, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District is offering summer programs for all incoming kindergarteners as well as first through third grade students needing extra assistance in reading.

The Scholastic summer reading challenge: "Reading Under the Stars," a free online reading program, is also available for interested students at http://www.scholastic.com/summer. This program runs through Sept. 5 and encourages kids to read and log their minutes throughout the summer, take weekly challenges and earn rewards, and help set a new reading world record. Information is also available for parents, including free book lists, activities and tips.

For more information, summer reading lists and more, visit http://www.TahoeTruckeeReads.org.

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION

The mission of the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation is to enhance public education within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District to strengthen the learning experience for students. During the past 25 years, the Foundation has provided more than $2.7 million in grants to teachers and programs within TTUSD. For more information about Excellence in Education or to make a donation visit http://www.exined.org.

Jessica VanPernis Weaver is an Excellence in Education board member.