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Area Schools Receive Cash Prizes from Dayton Metro Library & Vectren Foundation

With support from the Vectren Foundation, Dayton Metro Library has awarded cash prizes to five elementary schools and two collaborative organizations in Montgomery County for their notable participation in the Library’s 2019 Summer Challenge.

Children Services Librarian Isaac Fry presents a check to Cory Miller, principal of Virginia Stevenson Elementary School.

Librarian Isaac Fry and Principal Corey Miller get “pied” by the students.


Beverly Gardens (Mad River Schools) $1,000 – highest percentage of students reaching 15+ hours read (large school category, 100+ K-5 enrollment)

Dominion Academy of Dayton $500 – highest percentage of students reaching 15+ hours read (small school category, fewer than 100 K-5 enrollment)

Saint Christopher (Vandalia) $1,000 – highest percentage of students participating overall

Virginia Stevenson (Mad River Schools) $1,000 – school with the most improved participation over 2018 (62% improvement in student participation)

Englewood Hills (Northmont Schools) $500 – random drawing winner among all participating schools


Omega Community Development Corporation $750 – highest average overall number of hours read per student

Miracle Makers/East End $250 – random drawing winner among all participating sites

“Summer Challenge is such an important focus of our work as Librarians, and having the support of area schools and organizations such as these is critical,” said Mandie Burns, Youth Services Director for the Library. “We are grateful to the Vectren Foundation for recognizing the importance of summer learning, and providing these incentives to schools and programs that are dedicated to keeping our children engaged in learning.”

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

The 2019 Summer Challenge ran May 17-August 3, with 12,949 area children and teens participating. 81% of all youth that registered and logged at least one activity reached the target completion level of 15 hours, and 24% went on to reach 60 hours. Library programs offered as part of the Summer Challenge attracted 43,690 participants.

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