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July 26, 2013

Preventing the summer slide

City school district looks to promote summer reading program to keep kids learning


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Frey knows the value of reading and how important it is in order for a student to do well in school. Frey said he wasn’t a good reader and often struggled in school.

Aside from its partnership with the school, Frey’s Tasty Treat is hosting its own story time on Wednesday during the summer. Frey said the stand’s backyard is usually set up with blankets or a tent.

“My wife likes doing it,” Frey said.

Shawn Murray, assistant principal at Emmet Belknap Intermediate, is chairing the Lockport summer reading program. Murray said he struggled with reading comprehension before he entered high school. He didn’t read outside of what he had to and that set him back significantly as a student.

It took some hard work, but Murray succeeded at becoming a better reader and a better student. That experience and knowledge is what he hopes to share with students and the reason he got into education.

“The harder they push themselves in school, the more opportunities they will have as an adult, the more options they will have if they want to go to college and the better worker they will be in the real world,” Murray said.

The summer reading program works like this. First, kids read a book. Next, they complete a project at home or write an essay at the Lockport Public Library on East Avenue during the evaluator sessions. In order to earn their points, students must meet with an evaluator in the community room at the library.

The reading evaluations will be held Aug. 12 and 13, then again on Aug. 26 through 28. Each date, except on Aug. 28, will have a morning session that runs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. All five dates will have an afternoon session that runs from 3 until 7 p.m.

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