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Kids Spring into Summer Reading

June 25, 2005
10,000 books for 10,000 kids

A campaign to keep kids reading all summer long is generating thousands of books for distribution across Washington by Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program. The campaign will finish with a free event on June 25 at the Tacoma Art Museum from noon to 1:45 p.m. and will feature storytellers, games, crafts, free snacks, and door prizes.

Page Ahead kicked off its 10,000 Books for 10,000 Kids campaign on April 6 at a fundraising luncheon where donors gave more than $40,000 and the investment firm of Piper Jaffray pledged its support. The Sonics and Mariners have joined the campaign, soliciting donations from fans during games in May and June. Regional bookstores are also offering specially-designed envelopes for accepting contributions.

"Some of Washington's children have access to books only while school is in session, because in those households parents can't afford to buy books for their children," said Sam Whiting, Executive Director of Page Ahead. "Kids who read over the summer are better prepared to begin school in the fall."

While middle-income students experience slight gains in reading performance over the summer months, the reading ability of low-income students decreases. [Review of Educational Research, 66, p 227-268, 1996.] However, parents who read books with their youngsters at home over the summer can prevent a loss of reading ability in their children.

Midway through Page Ahead's campaign, more than 80% of the goal has been achieved. "Our bookshelves are filled with new books for 8,132 children," commented board member Marty Collins. "Staff and volunteers are busy selecting and packing books to give kids in need the chance to read. And these books are truly terrific." That sentiment was echoed by Sanislo Elementary schoolteacher Sunny Moroles: "Our students are excited and proud of the books from Page Ahead. Kids show off their new books to parents, friends, and teachers. And our reading scores have increased dramatically."

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