From left are children’s program director Marilyn Smith, Melvin Cockrell reading to his three-year-old son Rashawn, a participant in the summer reading program, and library assistant Cate Land.
Northumberland Elementary School, Northumberland Public Library and Northumberland Family YMCA recently launched the “Build a Better World” summer reading program.
During a school assembly, YMCA Camp counselors performed summer reading skits and several Northumberland High School athletes inspired students to read this summer, reported Pamela Hagy.
After reading 11,300 books last summer, the NES students set their goal for this summer at 12,000 books. Students who reach each of the benchmarks can earn a prize throughout the summer as they work toward their individual goals.
Prizes include a free ice cream cone from T&J’s Dairy Barn in Burgess, a ‘Fuzzy Head Friend’ pen from the library and a coupon from McDonald’s.
If the school goal is reached, there will be a “Super Soaker #2 – The Pie’s on You” celebration at the elementary school in September. Last year students outperformed their goal of 7,000 books.
Preschool children, homeschooled children and children of summer residents are invited to participate by attending programs and reading for prizes.