SouthCoast Summer Books Program gives books to 28,000

SouthCoast Summer Books Program gives books to 28,000 Is your child reading a good book? If your answer is yes, chances are he or she is one of 28,000 children in grades 1-8 from Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Fall River, New Bedford, Wareham and Westport who was given a book through the SouthCoast Summer Books Program

SouthCoast Summer Books Program gives books to 28,000 

Is your child reading a good book? If your answer is yes, chances are he or she is one of 28,000 children in grades 1-8 from Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Fall River, New Bedford, Wareham and Westport who was given a book through the SouthCoast Summer Books Program. 

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, the SouthCoast Education Compact, and regional businesses sponsor the $140,000 program now in its third year. 

Books are chosen by educators for their grade-level appropriateness and their non-violent themes. This year the themes centered on conflict resolution and homeland security. 

The school districts determine how the books are distributed and utilized. In Wareham, for instance, summer school students at the Minot Elementary School are learning to reinforce good reading habits. They read books guided by special texts prepared by the SouthCoast Summer Reading Program. 

The Wareham School District also makes good use of senior citizens from the Wareham Council on Aging and middle school students, who work one on one with the children. 

Contact: Lee Blake, 508-999-8545


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