This summer, the Tallmadge City School District has begun a pilot reading program for students. The program has been coordinated by Police Officer Dave Quillen, Tallmadge City School District's school resource officer.
The purpose of the reading program is to offer students a way to practice their reading skills over the summer and build relationships between students, teachers and law enforcement before the start of the 2017-18 school year.
"We have had a very positive response as a result of beginning the reading program," said Quillen. "This is a great opportunity to keep them engaged over the summer. The students are enjoying improving their reading skills while spending time with their peers."
The reading program is hosted at Saxon Village in Tallmadge. All Tallmadge students entering kindergarten through sixth grade are welcome to attend. The group meets for an hour and a half and will continue to meet throughout the summer.
Several teachers and staff from each school in the district have volunteered their time to help the students. Additionally, parents have helped out at each session.
During the sessions, the students participate in fun activities and have a snack. Many staff members have donated books for the group to use.
At the end of the session, each student gets to choose a few books to take home and keep.
"It's important to keep our students engaged in their learning throughout the summer months," said Superintendent Jeff Ferguson. "It's easier for students to pick up where they left off if they continue to build upon what they've learned throughout the school year. We are looking forward to continuing this program next year."
For questions or a list of dates the program will be held, please email Officer Quillen at Quillen.Dave@tallmadgeschools.org.
For more information about the Tallmadge City School District, visit www.tallmadgeschools.org.