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Summer reading program challenges, helps young OKCPS students

By Chamber Staff / Inside OKC / July 5, 2019

For the third straight year, ReadOKC is challenging students to “Get in the Game” and read at least 20 minutes a day over the summer break. Every kindergarten through sixth grade OKCPS student who reads at least 1,580 minutes during the break will receive prizes and recognition in the fall. Students can record minutes read online through myON as well as the books they read by writing the minutes on their reading log. Participants can find the reading log and other information about ReadOKC at www.okcps.org/ReadOKC.

In the past, only elementary aged students were eligible to participate in the ReadOKC reading challenges. With the recent grade bands changes as a result of the Pathway to Greatness, fifth and sixth graders at middle schools will now be eligible for prizes for their reading accomplishments. Middle schools are also going to start receiving Little Free Libraries, starting with six that will be installed at middle schools over the summer.

“A love for reading is the foundation of an excellent education,” said OKCPS Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel.

“The ‘Get in the Game’ challenge has ignited a new passion for reading in students across the district. We have been thrilled to see the number of minutes read continue to rise during every school break since the ReadOKC program began. We hope to set another record this year!”

ReadOKC will host a series of events throughout the summer to promote literacy including Councilman Cooper reading to children at the Boys and Girls Club on July 2, and Superintendent McDaniel reading to campers at the OKC Zoo on July 12. When students return to school in the fall, ReadOKC will host events at every school to celebrate students’ accomplishments. The top students and schools will receive special prizes.

“Taking a small part of every day for reading each day of summer break makes a huge difference when students return to school each fall,” said Mary Mélon, president and CEO of the Foundation for OKCPS. “Reading over school breaks is essential to decrease the summer slide and keep students’ minds active during their time out of school. Thanks to our incredible community partners – and our students’ dedication – ReadOKC is making a huge difference in our schools.”

Over the Spring Break, students read more than 2.1 million minutes - breaking the previous record of 1.8 million minutes from Fall Break. When school starts in the fall, ReadOKC is excited to celebrate the thousands of students who met the goal and continue to set higher records with every reading challenge. For more information regarding ReadOKC, contact Abbie Vaughan with the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools at abbie@okckids.com or 405-604-5977. 

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