As summer approaches, parent and student volunteers gathered in Helen Haller Elementary’s cafeteria last week to continue the tradition of providing six books for each student to keep and read over the summer.
More than 40 volunteers sorted and bagged thousands of books on May 22 for every student from kindergarten through fifth grade including Sequim School District’s preschool.
For the Six Books project, students could select from more than a dozen age-appropriate books to receive.
Helen Haller’s PTO raised the funds for the project through various fundraisers including last November’s Turkey Trot.
Sheri Kruckeberg, the school’s librarian, said she intends to hand out the book bags in early June during the Cougar Reading and Writing Conference week
Principal Becky Stanton said the purpose of the program is to help stop the summer reading slide.
Representatives with the National Education Association report children can lose up to three months of reading progress if they don’t read regularly during the summer and that loss could have long-term effects.