Read On! Dayton promotes book drives to collect new books for low-income PreK–3rd-grade children to read over the summer.
Over five years, the campaign has collected more than 200,000 books that have been given to children, who in many cases, have never had a book of their own.
This partnership includes Project Read, the Dayton Metro Library, the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area, the Greater Dayton RTA and a large group of incredibly committed faith organizations that are tireless in their devotion to children.
This video tells the story of the ripple effects of Read On! on summer learning initiatives in the Dayton region.
Why collect books?
Research shows that low-income children fall behind 2 1/2 months in reading every summer. This loss compounds, meaning that every school year, underprivileged children start further behind their peers than they were the year before. Experts estimate that “summer slide” accounts for two-thirds of the reading achievement gap at 9th grade.
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