State Promotes Importance of Summer Reading
Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz (right) with students at Indy's Crooked Creek Elementary School. (WIBC.com photo: Eric Berman)
With the end of the school year about three weeks away, teachers and the Department of Education are laying groundwork to keep students reading over the summer.
State school superintendent Glenda Ritz returned to Indy's Crooked Creek Elementary School, where she was media specialist before being elected superintendent, to sell students on the importance of reading.
Ritz says the key to reading well is to do it. The Department of Education will try to encourage students by making three-thousand titles available for free on its website. The department has also partnered with 164 organizations who have pledged to incorporate at least 20 minutes of reading into their summer children's programming.
Crooked Creek will set up its own bookstore before school lets out, with hundreds of donated books for kids to choose from to check out eight-to-10 books for the summer.