Knoxville program urges children to read during summer

Knoxville program urges children to read during summer

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Reading may not be at the top of every kid's mind this summer, but research shows students who read during their break are more prepared during the school year. Reading may not be at the top of every kid's mind this summer, but research shows students who read during their break are more prepared during the school year.
The program is a class through UT's College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. The young adult literature course is designed to look at what books motivate kids to read and prevent what educators call summer setback. The program is a class through UT's College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. The young adult literature course is designed to look at what books motivate kids to read and prevent what educators call summer setback.
By CAMERON TAYLOR
6 News Reporter


KNOXVILLE (WATE) -  Reading may not be at the top of every kid's mind this summer, but research shows students who read during their break are more prepared during the school year. 

"I've read Lebron James by JoAnn Pattern and I've read Michael Jordan by Robert Lipstein," said Alex Miller, a 7th grade student.  

Miller is excited about reading this summer and is part of the "book buddies" program that partners the University of Tennessee and the Boys and Girls Club.

UT students trying to become teachers or writers are paired with children who may not have a parent to read with at home. 

"Normally in the summer, I don't really read like I'm supposed to, but every now and then I read. That's one reason why I like this program because I'm not off of reading in the summer," said Miller. 

The program is a class through UT's College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. The young adult literature course is designed to look at what books motivate kids to read and prevent what educators call summer setback. 

"We really don't want this program to feel like school. We want this program to feel like fun and just getting the kids reading so that they're not losing those reading gains they make all year long," said Dr. Susan Groenke of the University of Tennessee.  

Middle school students like Miller say they enjoy the chance to read at their own pace. 

"They're pushing you at school, but you have to read it at a certain time and here you don't have to worry about people," said Miller.  

The hope is that kids in the program won't fall behind when the new school year starts and enjoy reading again.  

The group meets every Monday and Wednesday from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club. You can donate books to the program by calling Dr. Susan Groenke at 865-974-4242 or by emailing her at sgroenke@utk.edu.
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