Summer Reading Challenge 2019
School District U-46 is excited to partner with our local libraries again in 2019 for the Summer Reading Challenge! Each year in U-46 we see the positive impact this program has on our students. And every year, more students participate. In fact, more than 3,000 students complete the reading challenge each year.
Summer reading can help students maintain or improve academic performance and avoid the dreaded “summer slide,” which refers to students losing up to two months of learning during the summer months. National research has demonstrated that students who participate in summer reading programs score higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year.
Two of the District’s 40 elementary schools will be recognized with a trophy at the end of the Summer Reading Challenge. One trophy will go to the school with the most students who complete the challenge, which Lincoln Elementary School in Hoffman Estates won in 2018. The second trophy will go to the school that demonstrates the largest increase over last year in the number of students who complete the challenge. Washington Elementary School in Elgin received the award last summer for most improved participation after Otter Creek won it the year previously. Students can visit their local libraries to complete summer reading logs and earn prizes such as t-shirts, books, and even gift cards and free passes to pools and tickets to the Kane County Cougars Game.
Librarians across the District’s 11 communities have been presenting the various summer reading themes to students, and principals have been driving home the message in newsletters, on building marquees and meetings with parents. Messages, photos and videos will be shared on social media this summer, as well, to encourage parents to keep their children reading and logging their time.
Students should visit their local libraries for a copy of the reading log, information about the reading challenge and how they can earn prizes.
Each local public library offers a variation of the Summer Reading Challenge. Below is a chart with each library, its program name and the challenge timeline.
800 S. Bartlett Road, Bartlett
Tuesday, May 28 - Sunday, July 28
616 Hiawatha Drive, Carol Stream
Camp Hiawatha: Under Construction
Saturday, June 1 – Sunday, August 11
270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin
Get in the Game
Friday, May 31 - Saturday, August 3
1405 S. Park Ave., Streamwood
Reading, the True Superpower
Monday, June 3 – Friday, July 26