Summer is coming. The daily reminders in our children’s agendas to practise reading each night, and the weekly trips to the school library to exchange books for new ones will suddenly cease.
Reading skills need to be practised during the holidays to prevent a “summer slide,” where students lose some of the achievement gains they made during the school year.
To get books into the hands of students who need them, the Comox Valley Lifelong Learning Association, the Vancouver Island Regional Library Courtenay Branch and local elementary schools are giving away high interest books at the end of the school year so children have high quality books to read throughout the summer.
Literacy supporters can contribute to this effort by donating gently-used children’s and young adult books suitable for ages five to 15. If possible books should be no more than 10 years old. Books can be dropped off at the Courtenay library during library hours or in labeled totes at the front offices of both Courtenay Elementary School and Ecole Puntledge Park during school hours (8:30 to 4 p.m.). We would appreciate that donations are contemporary and in good condition. For more information please visit www.cvliteracy.ca or www.facebook.com/cvlla