Summer reading program helps kids get ahead of the curve

Justin Udo
July 10, 2018 - 3:37 pm
State Sen. Vincent Hughes highlights the Read to Succeed summer program, which takes place at a dozen locations across the city.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Officials are using the time off from school to help kids get ahead of the curve when they return.

The Summer READS: Read to Succeed program is a free reading-centric summer camp used to continue academic achievements through the summer for first- through third-graders.

"All the research indicates that when children finish school in June, when they start back to school in late August or early September, they wind up taking two to three months to get back the skills they had lost during the course of the summer," explained state Sen. Vincent Hughes.

He said this is an extremely fundamental program that shows big results. 

"The average participant in our program, when they start school in September are six months ahead," he added.

Summer READS Program Director Jinaki Bright said they have plenty of ways they make reading fun.

"We do read alouds, we do independent reading, we focus on intense reading skills, as well as infusing reading with math," he said.

Quiana Davis said her son Emanuel, who is going into third grade, has made big strides in his reading since starting the program.

"He already had a passion for reading, but he wasn't as willing always to do it on his own," she said. "This allows him to establish his own love for reading."

The Read to Succeed program has 12 different locations throughout Philadelphia.

"Our goal is to have every child reading at grade level by the time they get to fourth grade," Hughes continued.