Reading Encouraged 365 Days a Year, Not Just During School Hours

Posted at 11:38 PM, May 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-30 23:38:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- Students at Gilchrist Elementary took the Reading Challenge and read more than 1 million books. Now Leon County is encouraging students to keep up the good work and stay in the books even over the summer.

Leon County kicked off its 2015 Summer Reading Program Saturday at each Leon County library location. The theme of this year's program is "every Hero has a Story."

Children were encouraged to come dressed as superheroes to show what a hero means to them.

The program is designed to emphasize the importance of summer reading for students of every age.

"We encourage kids to learn and to read all throughout the summer and that's what we want to do is get the children in here during the summer and continue to read so they don't lose the hard work that they have done all school year," said Mary Douglas, the youth services coordinator for Leon County.

Leon County says daily reading keeps students skills sharp so they are ready for school when they return.

Summer reading also helps develop a love of reading and lifelong learning.