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U-46 students encouraged to read this summer

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  • Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent Josť M. Torres is encouraging students to join in the summer reading programs offered at local libraries.

      Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent Josť M. Torres is encouraging students to join in the summer reading programs offered at local libraries.
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Josť M. Torres, superintendent of Elgin Area School District U-46, issued his Summer Reading Challenge, encouraging every student to participate in the summer reading library programs offered at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Bartlett Public Library, and Poplar Creek Public Library in Streamwood.

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The two schools with the largest percentage of summer reading program finishers and the largest percentage jump from last year will be rewarded with a prize.

"It's crucial that students use the summer months to strengthen their reading skills," Torres said. "Each of our libraries has exciting summer reading programs to help our students fall in love with reading and improve their skills at the same time.

"Reading has the power to transport students to exotic locations, take them on new adventures, and teach them about other cultures."

The Gail Borden Public Library District has kicked off its Summer Reading Program by encouraging students to "Read on the Wild Side," and invites all summer readers to check out the library's SuperCroc display. More than 110 million years ago, the SuperCroc swam in the rivers of the Sahara and used its four-foot jaws to eat dinosaurs.

From May 15 to July 14, students can register to participate in the Summer Reading Program and get their reading log at the main library, the Rakow Branch or online at The Summer Reading Program requirements and activities vary by grade level.

The Bartlett Public Library District has packed up a world of reading and program opportunities for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and children from kindergarten through sixth grade in its "Have Book -- Will Travel" Summer Reading Program. Students can pick up their "travel" log beginning Monday, June 3, at the library and are encouraged to log 10 hours of reading to complete the program.

Students in first through sixth grades can register to participate in Poplar Creek's Summer Reading program. Students will receive game boards with squares containing 20-minute reading assignments. Prizes will be awarded as students complete their game board squares. This year's Summer Reading Program has a musical theme of "Tune into WPCL 201.3 FM."

U-46 will work with each of its libraries to calculate summer reading program finishers.

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