A grant to support a summer reading program resulted in new excitement for reading in one NW Kansas Elementary School. Books were offered to kids along with a special tote bag. Children selected books to read over the summer and could return them for new books when they finished them. An accelerated reading program helped track the progress of the students.
High school students and adults helped by volunteering their time to order books, check in books, write software and inventory the books. Others worked on setting up the bag order and designing and printing the bags. In an effort to be sure the program worked in conjunction with those at the local libraries, an IPad and training in the software was provided to the librarians. This enabled students to be able to attend the library summer reading programs and take Accelerated Reading tests over the books that they had read. Several students showed a dramatic increase in reading.