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Jennifer Gill, Superintendent
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Read 5 summer initiative kicks off this week District-wide

May 19, 2015

District 186 students are encouraged to read at least five books over the summer, and the excitement of picking those books begins this week.

In an effort to create a community of readers and prevent summer reading loss, District
186 proudly continues its summer reading initiative, Read 5 & Beyond. Since spring of
2010, students at every grade level are encouraged to read at least five books during the summer. Each year, schools have embraced this initiative and found new and exciting ways to inspire students to read. Here are a few kickoff events scheduled for this week:

Wednesday, May 20, 1 to 2 p.m., Feitshans Elementary: Royal Readers Ball: Students are encouraged to dress to impress to pick out their books at the Ball.
Thursday, May 21, 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 12:50 p.m., Dubois Elementary: “Fetch” a Good Book: Assembly by grades featuring a music video to “Who Let the Dogs Out” and pictures of staff reading Read 5 books to dogs as well as a little “show” including a few dogs and then “tell” about the books. Staff have t-shirts and “dog” tags for the kick-off.
Friday, May 22, 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., Washington Middle School: Book Fair: Students will take tickets to the library and exchange them for books at a book fair during language arts classes.
Friday, May 22, McClernand Elementary: Beach Day: Students will bring beach towels and sunglasses and read their books on the playground.