Parting gifts: BCPS students take home reading fun through the MyBooks summer campaign


The evening’s theme may have been pirates and buried treasure – hence the children wearing eye patches everywhere – but the emphasis of the MyBooks kickoff event at Logan Elementary School recently was squarely on ensuring that children have plenty of adventures to read about during summer break.

Sponsored by Scholastic and BCPS, the MyBooks program provides five free reading books for every elementary student at all 48 of Baltimore County’s Title I schools. The book distribution night at Logan in Dundalk was the first in the county, complete with story readings, free pirate swag and “Pirate Punch” (fruit juice) and information for parents about how to keep their children reading when school isn’t in session.

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Research has shown that as much as 85 percent of the achievement gap between students from low-income and high-income families can be attributed to the loss of reading skills during the summer. To help reduce the slide, BCPS and other districts provide books to students and engage parents to motivate all students to read during the summer.

Through MyBooks, students were able to choose five books from the Scholastic menu; at distribution night, excited parents and students received their book packets and placed them inside a colorful BCPS tote bag for the trip home. They won’t stay bundled long; with summer vacation beginning, Logan’s readers – and many like them across Baltimore County – will be jumping into a good yarn soon!
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