Books abound at Hazelwood Elementary School

Jun 16, 2014
Several students from Mrs. Ott's fourth-grade class choose books to read over the summer. From left are Gabbie Reece, Danny Watson, Noah Becker, Mattie Caldwell, Noah Caldwell, Phoebe Downs, Gracie James and Ally Trogden.

Hazelwood Elementary School is serious about summer reading.

Summer can be filled with many fun activities and family trips,  but it’s also a time when students experience “Summer Slide.” “Summer Slide” refers to the drop in a student’s reading level over the summer and the loss of many reading skills and strategies learned over the school year.

The slide occurs when a student doesn't read over the summer, and research has shown that this is a serious problem.

To prevent “Summer Slide,” the students and staff at Hazelwood Elementary School have set summer reading goals and have made plans to accomplish them.

Students were recently encouraged to choose summer reading materials from a collection of new and gently used books to help keep them reading over the summer break.

“Our goal is to get reading materials in the hands of all our students,” said Principal Susan Savage.

As well as taking home books, students have been encouraged to come to Summer Reading Program events.

The first event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at the Hazelwood Elemenary library for book checkout, story time and parent support.