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Students Can Earn Cash Prizes for their Schools by Reading this Summer

Dayton Metro Library Summer Challenge

Dayton Metro Library is issuing a friendly challenge to the elementary schools in its service area: Encourage your students in grades K-5 to participate in the Library’s Summer Challenge, and your school could win $1000, courtesy of the Vectren Foundation.

“We’re calling it the IT’S ELEMENTARY Challenge,” said Mandie Burns, Youth Services Coordinator for the Library. “It’s a wonderful way to not only get more kids involved in the Summer Challenge, but also reward schools who make an extra effort to encourage their students to keep reading and learning during their summer break.”

Five schools will each win $1000, based on:

  • Highest % of students who register on SIGN UP DAY, MAY 17
  • Highest % of students who reach 15 hours
  • Highest % overall student participation
  • Most improved numbers over 2017
  • One lucky winner drawn from among all participating schools

Dayton Metro Library’s Summer Challenge provides out-of-school learning experiences and incentives to keep children and teens engaged in learning throughout the summer. Statistics show that students who participate in Summer Challenge are far more likely to maintain their academic achievement and return to school ready to learn in the fall.

Last year, Saville Elementary, St. Christopher School and Blairwood Elementary won Grand Prizes for their Summer Challenge participation.

“With the support of Vectren Foundation this year, we’re able to expand and award $1000 prizes to five different schools,” said Burns.

Dayton Metro Library suggests a variety of ways schools can encourage participation in the Summer Challenge. The Library can provide teachers with letters and stickers to send home to parents along with final report cards. The Library has a script schools can use to send out automated messaging during the summer.

“And of course our Children’s Librarians are eager to visit classrooms and talk about the all the fun activities and prizes that are part of the Summer Challenge,” said Burns.

Summer Challenge runs May 17 - July 28, with a special Sign Up Day on May 17 at all Dayton Metro Library locations. Online registration is also begins May 17.

“Encouraging registration on the first day is especially important since that’s one of the ways a school will win $1000,” said Burns. Winning schools will be announced in September.

For more information about how schools can be eligible to win the IT’S ELEMENTARY Challenge, please call Mandie Burns at 937.496.8507 or email


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