Why Our Kids Need to Read

Parent & Family Engagement | 09/08/2018

Abdul-Shaheed Muslim
IPS Parent

Today is International Literacy Day, and I want to celebrate by telling you how I managed to keep my kids reading this summer!

I met Stand for Children at a Stop the Violence kickball tournament early in the summer, and they talked to me about signing up for their Summer Reading Challenge. It’s a program that encourages our kids to read 20 minutes per day over summer break.  

My three kids love to read, so I knew they would love to do this over the summer. I registered them because I thought it would be a good way to keep them away from video games.

I showed up to the first workshop with one of my sons, and we had a blast! I loved interacting with the other kids in the room, and it was great to see them learn to read while having fun at the same time.

Stand gave parents a lot of tools they could use at home, including giving us books at all the summer events. The kids learned to make games with the books during the workshops, and parents enjoyed them too.

Reading is a huge factor in preparing our children to succeed and preventing them from getting into trouble. Research has found that fourth graders who can’t read at their grade level are four times more likely to drop out of high school – and dropping out means you probably won’t find a good job.

Most kids tend to read a lot during the school year, but in the summer, it’s easy for kids to miss out on reading. I’m glad I was able to find a way to keep my kids reading while still having fun this summer.

There were over 300 parents who joined the Stand Summer Reading Challenge. We were able to collect the total number of minutes read from about 60 of those families. Among just those families, there were 55,000 minutes read over the summer!  

Help Stand for Children Indiana continue its mission of increasing kids’ access to books and literacy tools.

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