DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – More than a thousand kids will have plenty of summer reading available to them.
Thanks to book donations from area businesses, each child will get new books to take home.
We were with children at Louise Troy Elementary as they picked out ten titles of their very own.
Studies show children who read during the summer retain more knowledge than those who don’t and with new rules requiring kids to become proficient readers by third grade, now is the time to encourage them.
“They do read the books because they’re books they have chosen. We are not choosing them for them. We have an array of books and when they pick their own books, kids read them and they read them to their little brother or sisters. They read them to their dogs,” said Tina Kretzer, Dayton Public Schools.
Organizers say for many kids, this is the first time they are ever given a book to keep.