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Letter: Empower kids for reading and learning success

Paula Seid re SMART

Published on July 11, 2018 10:23AM

This year, 53 Start Making A Reader Today (SMART) volunteers in Clatsop County spent time reading one-on-one with 195 local students, and students picked out 2,281 books to keep. Now that summer is here, it’s important that kids continue reading to maintain the gains they achieved during the school year.

Students can lose up to one-fourth of their reading skills over the summer. This “summer reading slide” has negative long-term impacts on student learning, especially when it comes to reaching the critical third-grade reading benchmark. According to state statistics, over half of Oregon’s third-graders are not meeting state reading standards.

Here are five tips for counteracting the summer slide: Have books on hand during trips and errands; set a bedtime routine focused on giving kids time with books they enjoy; use favorite summertime activities as opportunities to read about new topics; explore a range of reading materials, such as kid’s magazines and comic books; let your kids see you reading.

To learn more about SMART, visit or call 971-634-1614.

Paula Seid

SMART North Coast program manager



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