Even though LISD will dismiss its students for summer break soon, they don't want students to close their books for good.
To help encourage students to read, LISD started the Summer Reading Challenge in 2012. The program gives students an incentive to read by giving out prizes for participation.
Lubbock ISD released a statement reporting that summer reading loss accounts for at least 80 percent of the reading achievement gap by ninth grade.
However, research shows children who read at least five books over the summer will maintain or even increase their reading skills.
Last year, the program had about 2,800 participants. However, there are expected to be more enrolled this year because there will be more libraries participating.
The program is available for any LISD student. For more information on libraries participating in the program and the enrollment process, visit www.lubbockISD.org.
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