Ashland Mapleton Elementary Presented With $750 Grant Check

  • 12/14/2018 3:41:01 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

Ashland's Mapleton Elementary School was presented with a check by the non-profit group "Kids Read Now" on Friday afternoon. The program helps offset the cost of summer reading programs, promoting literacy and reading skills for at-risk students.

"What we are dedicated to doing is to stop the summer reading slide," said Casey Wente, an Outreach Specialist for Kids Read Now. "We do that for kindergarten through third grade. Today, Mapleton Elementary received a grant check for $750, to help offset the cost of the summer reading program for the students."

Wente says that summer reading programs help prevent students from falling further behind their classmates in school, which in turn prevents them from dropping out entirely.

"The Summer Slide affects lower-income households," Wente said. "Generally, it's because of a lack of resources. They do not have books in the household, and they don't read over the summer. We want to get as many books in kids' hands as possible."

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