Children's summer reading gets a lift in Oklahoma City
Making sure children have their nose in a book this summer will be a priority in Oklahoma City.
Leaders of the Oklahoma City Schools Compact briefed the city council last week on an effort to get children to read 20 minutes per day during summer vacation.
Energy soccer, Dodgers baseball and Thunder basketball teams are helping promote the "Get in the Game" reading initiative.
Children can check out books from Metro libraries using only their student IDs — no library card required.
The emphasis on summer reading is part of a broader literacy effort led by the Compact and its partners — the city, the Schools Foundation, the United Way, the Greater OKC Chamber, and the school district.
"Most of us recognize that we ask our public schools to do a whole lot of things," she said. "We ask them to feed our kids, give 'em coats, given 'em school supplies, check their shot records. And then at the end of all those lists, we ask them to educate."
She said the "Get in the Game" reading initiative is an example of how community leaders and organizations are working to promote and improve learning, giving schoolchildren incentives to succeed.