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United WE READ Summer Book Club helps prevent the 'summer slide'

July 1st, 2014 3:18 pm by Kandy Childress, community contributor

United WE READ Summer Book Club helps prevent the 'summer slide'

Local author Lisa Hall reads aloud to children at the Seconde Annual United WE READ Summer Book Club Celebration held on June 30 at the Riverview Splash Pad.

KINGSPORT — Over 614 kindergarten, first-, second- and third-graders read their way into the United Way of Greater Kingsport's Second Annual United WE READ Summer Book Club Celebration held on June 30 at the Riverview Splash Pad.

The beach-themed event honored those who participated in the United WE READ Summer Book Club, which entailed reading during the month of June and documenting their learning in a book report. The book reports served as tickets into the celebration.

Specifically, the United WE READ Summer Book Club provides children, grades K-third, with an age-appropriate, common-core aligned book to read during the summer to help prevent the summer slide.

"Children can lose up to one reading grade level if they are not reading over the summer," said Danelle Glasscock, UWGK executive director. Research shows that third-grade reading scores are the single, best predictor of future academic success.

"United WE READ collaborates with community agencies and organizations to support early grade literacy programs that help children not only maintain, but increase reading levels over the summer," added Glasscock. Additionally, the celebration featured exercise activities, art and crafts, game-oriented learning opportunities, and two special guests — local author Lisa Hall and internationally-recognized marine biologist Diane Roddy Nelson.

The United WE READ Summer Book Club is a collaborative effort between the UWGK, Big Brother Big Sisters of East Tennessee, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport, Girls Inc. of Kingsport, Greater Kingsport Family YMCA, Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Kingsport Lifesaving Crew, Kingsport Parks and Recreation, Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center, and YWCA.

United WE READ is the UWGK's collaborative partnership model aimed at advancing the common good by raising visibility, deepening connections, and engaging supporters to build a literacy-rich community. The Summer Book Club is one of the ways UWGK is encouraging children to read. Visit the UWGK's website (www.uwaykpt.org) to learn more about what's happening with United WE READ and the resources available to parents/caregivers of elementary-aged children.

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