June 11, 2015

RSD Celebrates Summer Reading

"The more students read, the better readers they will be."

Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD) extended school year program students in grade Kindergarten through 12th grades will celebrate reading this summer.

Students will bring home at least three books from RSD to read during the summer. In students’ summer reading packets are books, reading lists, bookmarks and a reading log. Students are encouraged to read every day. Each student will have specific tasks to complete before September 2nd and they will receive a summer reading award.

Elementary Grades Kindergarten through 4th will celebrate friends during summer reading. Students will be reading books across the theme of friends and how friends help each other. Grades 5th through 8th will be reading books based on the theme of survival. Grades 9th through 12th will read biographies of their choice of famous people both past and present.

According to RSD Literacy Specialist Ms. Christine Fitzgerald, reading is an important part of everyday life.

“Just because it’s summer, students should not put their books away,” Fitzgerald says. “The more our students read, the better readers they will be.”

Fitzgerald also cites research showing that students who read at least 20 minutes every day – 3600 minutes in a school year – have a broader vocabulary and tend to be more successful in school and in life (Nagy & Herman, 1987).

“We hope that our students and their families will read many stories this summer,” Fitzgerald said. “No matter how young or old students are, everyone loves to be read to.”






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