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Summer is coming

Laura Brown
Special to the Sun

A number of 2017 summer reading programs are scheduled in the Tahoe Truckee region.

The 2016-17 school year is almost over and many students, as well as their families, can take a sigh of relief as crazy schedules make way for slower days at the beach.

Summer is definitely a time for soaking in the sun and playing, but it is also important to keep students engaged in enriching activities, especially reading.

Studies have shown that 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.

Thanks to Tahoe Truckee Reads and the efforts of a multitude of local organizations, there are many educationally based summer programs available to local kids this summer at minimal to no cost.

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A sampling of some of these summer programs includes:

Public Library Programs

Truckee Public Library's summer theme is "Read by Design." The Tahoe City and Kings Beach Library branches are getting ready for a summer of "Explore. Discover. Do."

Local public library branches in Truckee, Tahoe City, and Kings Beach will host summer reading programs that include incentives for reading and special events for participants. Bring your young readers to the library to sign up and join the fun.

Elementary School Library Programs

Glenshire Elementary School is opening its library for students and families to enjoy. The library will open on Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon in July. This offering provides a fun morning outing where students can come visit their school library, take an Accelerated Reader (AR) test, and check out new reading material for the week.

Neighborhood Reading Programs

Local teachers, once again, are offering reading time, literacy activities and books for children on select weekdays during the summer months at locations, including Donner Creek Mobile Home Park, Truckee Pines Apartments, Henness Flats Apartments in Truckee, the Community House in Kings Beach, and in Tahoe Vista. This year's neighborhood reading program is generously supported by a grant from the Zappettini Family Fund.

These programs are just a few of the opportunities available this summer. Fold these activities into your emergent reader's summer fun.

For more details on summer programs, visit http://www.TahoeTruckeeReads.org or call Excellence in Education Foundation at 530.550.7984.

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 30 years, the foundation has provided more than $3.2 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.