Summer time is prime reading season, not just for kids on summer break but vacationers and beach goers alike. It can also be the time when folks take it easy and activities like reading get put on the back burner in lieu of enjoying a nice Chicago summer day spent outside.
Stand for Children Illinois recently celebrated the students who participated in our Summer Reading Challenge. In its first year, the program aimed to limit summer learning loss by keeping students engaged with books and activities meant to spur creativity and bring the stories alive.
Fifty-four students from Illinois joined in the Summer Reading Challenge.
The afternoon kicked off with lunch and an overview of safety tips when around dogs. That was necessary because Sit Stay Read participated in the event, offering students the chance to read to and interact with Kota and Buddy, the two dogs that joined us. They made excellent reading partners and were more than happy to get a small treat or scratch on the head!
After the students read to the dogs and participated in games or crafts at different stations, the celebration brought them all together again for an interactive story time with Mama Edie. Through percussion, dancing, and creative storytelling, Mama Edie took the students through history with her stories – in both English and Spanish – teaching important lessons and reinforcing the importance of stories in our lives.
Story time brought the event to a close, but not before each student took home at least one book to add to their library at home. We are grateful to our members and other participants for such a memorable day. A special thanks goes to the Wilmette Public Library and Books Down Under for the book donations.