XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – Children in Xenia got the chance to pick up some free books, play some games, and even make some furry friends – as past of the school district’s summer reading program.
It’s called the “Summer Reading Bus”; Xenia City Schools, Wednesday, put out boxes of free books at McKinley Elementary School for local kids to take home.
The district’s Director of Instructional Services, Sabrina Woodruff says promoting literacy, especially during the summer months, is one of the main goals of the program.
“We just want to re-engage them, to make sure they are picking up books during the summer,” Woodruff said. “You know – authentic, high quality literature isn’t always available to families so we’re giving them an avenue to not only have the literature here but also to be able to take it home.”
In addition to free books, kids could also play games and color. There were even some furry friends on hand for kids to read to and play with.
There were also take-home activities for kids to do alongside their parents.
The event is held weekly for four weeks.
Children can take home books and bring them back the following week to earn prizes.
Up-coming dates for the Summer Reading Bus include: July 25, August 1 and August 8.
Each day starts at 11 a.m. and ends at noon at McKinley Elementary School at 829 Colorado Drive in Xenia.
This is the third year for the event.