Greenville book program wins award

November 10, 2017 by  

A summer literacy program that targeted youth in the county of Greenville, South Carolina recently received the Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSCAward for Excellence.

The Make Summer Count 2016 program was an initiative designed to help bridge the gap of reading achievement between students from low-income families and those from higher-income families. Over 18,000 students from 29 higher-needs schools participated in the program, and students who participated received several books to read over the summer and were provided with family reading night events.

The program proved to help eliminate the literacy loss that children experienced over the summer and indicated that children who read throughout the summer are able read more confidently. These children also read more than the U.S. average.

The Chief Academic Officer of Scholastic Education, Michael Haggen, made a statement regarding the results of the Make Summer Count 2016 program, saying:

“The overwhelmingly positive results of Make Summer Count show that when communities and schools join forces to bolster the confidence of students and their families, and provide access to the resources that they need, children can remain engaged in learning all year long, reaching their full potential.”

To learn more about the Make Summer Count 2016 program, or to view information flyers about the program, visit the original press release on the Cision PR Newswire website.