For the 400 Williamsburg-James City County summer school students who took part in WRL's sixth annual book giveaway event July 18 and 19, the opportunity to take home a book of their own was the first line of defense in combating the dreaded "summer slide." Summer slide, or the idea that students lose some of the academic skills gained over the previous school year during their summer vacation, is a particular threat for kids without access to reading materials in the home. Many local summer school students find themselves in this position, according to one WJCC summer school teacher. The book giveaway, which is part of WRL's Summer Reading Program, remedies this situation by giving elementary and middle summer school students the chance to select one new, free book to take home for their very own. By allowing the kids to pick a book tailored to their own interests, the event aims to encourage reading for pleasure and keep reading skills strong during the summer months.
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