The Dayton Metro Library recently recognized Mad River Schools for their exemplary participation in the 2016 Summer Challenge. On December 15, Library Deputy Director Rachel Gut presented a plaque to Mad River Local Schools Superintendent Chad Wyen.
“We want to recognize the extraordinary effort on the part of Mad River Schools to partner with Dayton Metro Library in preventing summer slide in their students,” said Gut. “Their partnership in encouraging student participation and giving Library staff access to school events helped to increase Summer Challenge participation at the Burkhardt Branch Library by 52% in 2016.”
Children’s Services Librarian Isaac Fry visited many classes individually to build a better connection with each student.
“Mad River was a wonderful partner during the Summer Challenge,” said Fry. “Teachers spoke to the students while I was there about how important it is for them to continue reading during the summer.”
During the summer months, Dayton Metro Library offers the Summer Challenge, with activities and incentives that encourage reading and learning. Studies have shown that students who continue reading during the summer are better prepared to resume learning in the fall than their peers who don’t engage their minds in similar ways.
“It speaks to the dedication of the superintendent, principals and staff of Mad River Schools, and the trust parents have in their school system, to give students the best opportunities available,” said Gut.
The next Summer Challenge will run May 17 - July 30, 2017 with the theme of Building A Better World. For more information, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org or call (937) 463-BOOK.