VANDALIA — The students of Demmitt Elementary School had the highest participation and completion rates of any school in the Kids Read Now program this summer.
More than 2,500 books were distributed to Demmitt students, with students saying they read nearly 67 percent of those.
The Kids Read Now program, which began in 2010, provides nine free books during the summer to kindergarten through third grade students. The students receive three books in May to start and additional books are mailed to them throughout the summer. The program not only provides summer reading but enables children to begin their personal book collections.
“It’s like riding a bike. If you continue to practice, you get better. If kids continue to read over the summer, they can only get better at it,” Demmitt Principal Garry Martin said.
Registration for the program took place at school with students choosing the books they wanted to receive based on their reading level and teacher recommendations. This year, Martin provided incentives to his students to sign up for the summer program. Classrooms having 100% participation earned a pizza party. Six classrooms reached the 100% mark.
Congratulations Demmitt and keep reading!
Reach the Vandalia-Butler City Schools at 415-6400.