TPS Pairs With Scholastic To Send More Than 9,000 Reading Packets To Students

TPS Pairs With Scholastic To Send More Than 9,000 Reading Packets To Students
Posted on 06/02/2020

It may be summer break, but Toledo Public Schools wants to make sure students are reading this summer.

That's why the district purchased and shipped directly to homes 9,834 book packets to all students in grades PreK through fourth grade. The packets include a letter from Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/Superintendent of TPS. It was extremely important to Dr. Durant and other TPS administrators to supply these books because they know that extended time away from the classroom contributes to learning loss. Trying to prevent the 'summer slide' in learning is especially important this year because students have been out of school since March 13, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

By pairing with Scholastic to mail My Summer Reading Books and Summer Express workbooks to every student in grades PreK through fourth grade, TPS administrators are hoping to ensure that all students have equal access to quality summer reading materials and that parents are supported as they engage their students in literacy pursuits over the summer months.

Each summer reading book pack has high interest, grade-appropriate books with activity sheets that correspond to each book - and a summer reading journal.

The activity sheets include ideas on how families can enjoy the books together, questions to encourage personal connections and tips designed to inform parents how to help their children get the most out of each book. The packs include a mix of fictional and informational texts, encouraging students to interact with different types of books.

The Summer Express workbooks include:

  • A letter to parents

  • Parent tips for using the summer workbooks

  • Skill-building activities for any time, using every day activities to help parents seize teachable moments

  • Skills alignment by week - review skills in Math and Language Arts designed to help prevent summer skill loss