The Let's Read! summer reading campaign is making sure kids and families in our region remember to keep reading and learning, even when school is out. Here are a few of the great things happening right now as part of the campaign:
Summer learning at free meal sites | Through a partnership with United Way of King County and School's Out Washington, Let's Read! is helping to bring quality educational programming to free summer meal sites across King County. Eighty United Way-sponsored AmeriCorps members currently working at the meal sites were trained on fun, interactive and educational activities that keep kids learning and engaged. These enriching activities not only keep kids learning, but encourage them to return to the sites for free and nutritious meals throughout summer.
Material distribution | Let's Read! is proud to have distributed over 53,000 posters, stickers, magnets, postcards and summer reading agreements to all seven school districts in the Road Map Project region and over 30 local partner organizations. These materials will be highly visible to kids and families, and encourage them to read and learn during the summer months.
Book giveaway | Thanks to a generous donation from First Book, Let's Read! was able to give away over 3,000 free books to partner organizations. These books will be given directly to kids, used to replenish summer program libraries and handed out at doctors' offices when kids come in for check-ups.
Weekly learning tips | Let's Read! is again sending out weekly learning tips. These reading and STEM tips are emailed every Tuesday during summer and are a great addition to newsletters, communications with parents and educators, and email signatures. You can also find the tips on social media by using #tiptuesday. If you are interested in receiving learning tips this summer, please email Sara Siegel (firstname.lastname@example.org) or follow Let's Read! on Facebook (www.facebook.com/letsreadkingcounty) and Twitter (@LetsReadSKC).
Let's Read! on Univision | Let's Read! is sharing the importance of summer learning with more Spanish-speaking families through a partnership with Univision Seattle! Throughout the summer, there will be informational interviews during the newscasts, plus text messages with helpful information and tips sent to more than 10,000 Univision viewers. You can watch the first interview featuring José Garcia of the King County Library System here: bit.ly/1HEmNnr