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Kids Read Now celebrates partnerships with hometown heroes, delivering books to Ohio students

DAYTON, Ohio -- Kids Read Now has partnered with school districts across Ohio, including Ansonia Local Schools, Troy City Schools, Mapleton Local School District, Greenville City Schools, and Northridge Local Schools, to mail books directly to their students' homes over the summer. The number of students in the Kids Read Now program continues to grow with almost 400,000 books being mailed to students in 2020 alone!

Most students will experience reading skill loss over a typical summer break from school. Creating home libraries is key to preventing a steep learning slide due to summer break and recent extended school closures. "Whether it's the summer slide or the COVID slide, the KRN in-home reading programs are eliminating learning loss and are helping kids gain up to 2.5 months of learning over the summer," said Leib Lurie, CEO of Kids Read Now.

"The kids love getting the books throughout the summer and come in the following school year talking about all the awesome books that they got. I can tell it definitely encourages the kids to read," said Taylor B., Classroom Teacher, Troy City Schools.

"Providing students with high quality texts to read during the summer is absolutely crucial. An added bonus is that students get 'real' mail!" said Jill H. B., Curriculum Director, Black River Local School District.

The Kids Read Now K-3 summer reading program mails eight new books to students and includes exciting multicultural, fiction, and nonfiction titles loved by children. Mailing books builds ongoing enthusiasm but does not require in-home technology. Each book includes guided discussion questions to help improve reading skills and increase family engagement. The ninth book of beautifully illustrated creative writing prompts concludes the program so children can write their own stories. Best of all, kids keep their new books!

Kids Read Now is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the singular mission to eliminate learning loss for all K-3 students.

To learn more about Kids Read Now, please visit https://kidsreadnow.org/.

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Independent Research Proves Kids Read Now Reading Program Eliminates Summer Slide

DAYTON, Ohio -- According to an independent study of the program's efficacy, Kids Read Now (KRN), a leading K-3 reading program designed to combat summer slide, completely negates summer reading losses for low-income students when fully implemented.

The new study, led by Geoffrey D. Borman, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, found that "when students and parents take advantage of the full complement of 9 books delivered by KRN, the results are...equivalent to approximately 2.5 months of learning, or nearly 28% of the learning that takes place over a typical school year."

"Results indicate that the impact of Kids Read Now can more than eradicate the entire two months of summer learning loss experienced by low-income students," said Borman.

"KRN is 98% as effective as summer school reading programs at a fraction of the cost, and can be fully reimbursable with title funds," said Leib Lurie, the CEO of Kids Read Now, "making it an economical and effective supplement to summer learning initiatives that is available to all students, augmenting targeted summer programs where significant RTI is required, and where transportation challenges impact those who cannot attend traditional summer programs."

In spring, students create a Wish List from educator-approved titles, receiving three books from their list at a Family Reading Event before summer break. Each time a book is read and reported, a new book is delivered to their home with a "discovery sheet" of questions to assist students with comprehension and encourage parental engagement. Reporting all nine books earns a certificate of completion, a reward, and a celebration in the fall.

To read the full report or attend a webinar on the Kids Read Now program, visit https://www.kidsreadnow.org/study.

About Kids Read Now

Kids Read Now (KRN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on a mission to help all students become proficient readers as they enter fourth grade. KRN's in-home summer reading program was pedagogically designed to prevent summer learning loss, which is responsible for 65% of the learning gap between economically disadvantaged students and their peers. The program has provided more than 800,000 books to 60,000 students in grades K-3 across the United States at no cost to the students or their families.

To learn more, visit https://kidsreadnow.org/.

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