Summer Reading Challenge 2018

  • School District U-46 is excited to partner with our local libraries again in 2018 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 completed the reading challenge in 2017.

    A child signs a giant reading log at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin.  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 Sycamore Trails Elementary School in Bartlett won in 2017. 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. Otter Creek Elementary School in Elgin received the award last summer for most improved participation after Sycamore Trails 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 the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

    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.



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