Reading initiative helps local kids avoid the "summer slide"
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The Center For Youth is launching a new summer reading initiative with the Rochester City School District.
The goal is to help kids avoid the"summer slide."
The "Summer of Dreams Van" made its debut at School Number 5 Tuesday morning.
The van is full of books, school supplies and t-shirts that say "I am a reader."
It will travel to five schools each week, to provide the tools to engage summer readers.
"Summer school, you know, often is seen as a drag- well not for these kids," said Center for Youth Executive Director Dr. Elaine Spaull.
"For these kids, summer school is a time to be busy, engaged, active, interactive, having fun getting treats, getting books, getting shirts, all the things that kids love," Dr. Spaull added.
There will be a different theme each week.
For example, this week's theme was camping. Next week's theme is mad scientists.