Children’s Reading Foundation gives 500+ books to kids in the Tri-Cities

Children’s Reading Foundation gives 500+ books to kids in the Tri-Cities
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The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia is helping kids avoid the “summer slide” using their program “Read Up: Stop the Summer Slide.”

When kids are out of school, their reading and math levels can decrease due to the lack of reading. Teachers recommend they read 20 minutes a day. To help students, kids at Fuerza Elementary had the opportunity to pick out their favorite books today.

“Being able to get four books of their choice– something that they’re interested in really helps keeping it going during the summer and really helps maintain their meetings levels and things like that,” said Corie Kelly, GLAD Coach for the Kennewick School District.

The kids there are currently in summer school where teachers are helping them stay on the right track for reading and math. Today, they were able to pick out two recreational books and two focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

“They were really excited about getting to pick out some books, so free choice, which is really important for engagement and getting excited about reading,” Kelly said.

The foundation had some help from the Washington River Protection Solutions.

“It’s so important that kids get a strong start right off the blocks when they’re 3-, 4-, 5-years-old, 6-years-old,” said John Eschenberg, President and CEO of WRPS. “Such that in time they keep pace with reading as they progress through their schooling.”

Eschenberg had the chance to sit down with some kids today as their faces lit up picking out books to take home.

“Today certainly made a big impact on them,” he said. “I enjoyed my time here reading with them. It makes you feel really good about our small contribution to this particular activity.”

Kids will take all four books home and keep them permanently. The Children’s Reading Foundation plans to give away more than 6,000 books to kids in all three school districts in the Tri-Cities.

For more information about the foundation, click here.