Several Vernon Parish Schools hosted a Summer Fun Book Club for students in grades k-2 to prevent the summer reading slide.

The schools selected to participate in the Project Navigate Grant were Anacoco Elementary, North Polk Elementary, Parkway Elementary, Pickering Elementary and Rosepine Elementary. There were over 100 students that participated in the Summer Fun Book club.

The purpose of the program was to allow students to fill in gaps before moving to the next grade level or rather prevent from sliding backward over the summer.

Throughout this program, the students had an opportunity to read independently, work in small groups and work in whole groups while engaging in books. The projects in which some of the students were involved included creating a beanstalk, integrating STEM into literacy activities and so much more.

On the last day of the program, the teachers celebrated the student’s success in the program.

The program received high praise from many.

The Vernon Parish School Board Curriculum Supervisor, Carolyn Bosley released the following statement about the program:

“The most recent DoDEA grant has allowed us the wonderful opportunity of providing a summer reading program for our K-2 students. Research indicates that students lose 25-30 percent of their school year learning over the summer.

This can be especially harmful to younger students who are learning to read. Our goal this summer was to immerse our students in FUN reading activities that would help prevent this summer slide. Our data indicates that reading skills improved for 77 percent of participating students. I believe we can say that the program was successful. We look forward to growing the Summer Fun Book Club next summer and reaching even more students.”