48 different children’s summer programs across Vermont and New Hampshire. 3,300 kids.
Two free books per child.
That’s a lot of books. No wonder the CLiFmobile just needed its shocks replaced.
Rec program at the Barre Municipal Pool in Barre, VT
From June through August, CLiF’s Summer Readers program visits lunch programs, low-income summer camps, and summer schools to combat “summer slide” — the attrition of literacy skills outside the structure of school to which low-income and at-risk children are especially susceptible.
Duncan asks kids, “Where is your favorite place to read?”
Summer program in Penacook, NH
“In my room.” “At the library.” “Under a shady tree.” “Any place my brother isn’t.”
Copper Cannon campers in Bethlehem, NH
When a kid picks up a book of her choice and reads for pleasure, her brain is hard at work building vocabulary, problem-solving, forming opinions, thinking creatively. The more she reads, the better prepared she’ll be when school starts again.