School District Of The City Of York
Jackson K-8 earns top prize in summer reading contest
Jackson K-8 in the School District of the City of York is among the winners of a national contest to promote summer reading.
Bestselling author Dav Pilkey and Scholastic chose Jackson as the Pennsylvania winner. The prize will provide Jackson a set of 500 books to build their school library and help kick off summer reading. The contest is in support of the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge – a free online and mobile summer reading program that helps kids take a “summer leap” into books and keeps kids reading-ready during the summer months. Parents and educators can learn more about the challenge and sign-up to participate at www.scholastic.com/summer.
Despite conventional wisdom, six in 10 children ages 6–17 agree with the statement, “I really enjoy reading books over the summer,” according to the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™: 6th Edition. But too many kids lack access to books when school is not in session.
In support of the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, author Dav Pilkey pledged to help get books into the hands of kids across the country before the summer break.
“We all know that reading is important, but there’s a certain kind of reading that is life-changing: reading for fun. Studies have shown the benefits of making a habit out of reading for fun—not only does it help our brains stay sharp over summer vacation, but it also makes us more empathetic,” said Pilkey, Caldecott Honor artist and creator of the bestselling Captain Underpants and Dog Man series.
One school in each U.S. state, territory and in the District of Columbia were selected to win an array of popular, age-appropriate Scholastic titles to build their school library. More than 6,000 educators entered the contest. Applicants were asked to fill out an online application responding to the prompt: “Tell us about your school and the need for new books to help your students keep reading over the summer.” Any U.S. school with students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade was eligible for the contest. The full list of winners is available online at http://scholastic.com/summer/contest/teacher/.
“I start talking about summer reading in May. I have already started putting up displays because that is what gets them talking and asking questions,” said Debra Beattie, who works for Martin Library as Jackson’s library aide. “I hope to get them excited enough that they want to come to the library in the summer.”
“We know that when children don’t have access to books, they have less of an opportunity to practice and develop the reading skills that allow them to achieve academic success. They may also lose the chance to learn more about themselves, other people and the world in which they live,” said Michael Haggen, Chief Academic Officer, Scholastic Education. “Thanks to the Dav Pilkey Summer Reading Educator Contest, kids across the country will have beautiful, brand new books that will help them fall in love with reading.”
To learn more, go to http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/SummerReadingChallenge and follow #SummerReading on social media.