Posted by Christina Jedra June 21, 2013 10:20 AM
The following was submitted by United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley:
As part of its ongoing work in Lynn, United Way, in partnership with Lynn Public Schools and Centerboard, will once again host book fairs in 18 Lynn Public Elementary Schools. Children in grades K-5 will receive one new book off their summer reading list, as well as other literacy-based activity kits and materials. Students at the Brickett and Hood elementary schools will have an opportunity to read with a special guest, popular children’s book authors David Kelly and Grace Lin.
David Kelly is the author of the popular Ballpark Mysteries series and will be joined by Navigators mascot “Chomp” to read to 3rd grade classrooms at the Brickett Elementary School on Monday, June 17th.
Grace Lin is the award-winning author and illustrator of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, The Year of the Dog, The Year of the Rat, Dumpling Days, and Ling & Ting. She will read with students at Hood Elementary School on Friday, June 21st.
The book fairs are part of United Way’s efforts to support summer reading, as studies show that 3rd grade reading levels are a critical indicator of long term academic success.
“Reading proficiency has been identified as one of the key indicators of a child’s long-term potential for success in school and beyond,” said Michael K. Durkin, President of United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley. “By helping make reading fun for children, we hope these book fairs will send them into the summer excited to read.”
Recently released results from United Way’s 2012 Summer Learning Collaborative showed that 84% of students involved avoided summer reading loss during a time when learning retention typically suffers. United Way’s nationally recognized Summer Learning Collaborative served more than 2,000 youth in kindergarten through grade three at 45 community sites across the Commonwealth last summer, including 4 sites in Lynn.