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Summer reading program for Latino children launches online

LatinaLista — To children, summer may mean vacation from going to school but to most parents it has never meant a vacation from learning. One of the easiest ways to continue learning throughout the summer has been through reading programs at the local public libraries.

Unfortunately, due to those irritating cutbacks, a lot of libraries can no longer afford to fund summer reading programs where students eagerly read for prizes. And in the process, unbeknownst to them, were expanding their vocabularies, using their imaginations and learning about new subjects.

Keeping up reading skills throughout the summer is imperative for students so they can start the next school year without missing a beat. For Latino students, it’s especially important since too many young Latinos score low on national reading tests.

But what is a Latino family to do if their local library has no summer reading program?

Well, if they have an internet connection that’s all they need to join a new reading program geared especially towards Latino students.

This week, the online site Latinas for Latino Literature (L4LL) launched The Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program.

Running until Monday, August 12, 2013, the 10-week session engages both children and their parents via multimedia events, social media, apps, free downloads and bilingual materials. Once registration is completed, parents and children can get started on some summer reading fun.

…participants can download for free L4LL Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program package with materials such as the pledge, reading lists divided by age group, reading logs, certificate of achievement, and more. Throughout the summer, students and parents will be tracking the time spent reading and completing the curriculum while staying engaged through interactive events including Google+ Hangouts on Air and YouTube videos.

And what’s a summer reading program without prizes?

The first 100 families with school-aged children to complete the program will receive backpacks filled with school supplies!

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