Have You Heard: Red Clay Kids Read 100,000 Summer Books

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July 20, 2017

Have You Heard? In just 12 months, Red Clay elementary students have read more than 100,000 books in a free online summer reading program called myON, with Shortlidge Academy in Wilmington leading the readers.

Read More Beginning last summer, Red Clay students in grades K-5 have been able to read digital books on any computer or mobile device for free. The personalized literacy program myON allows students to select books at their reading and interest levels and take them wherever they go. Students were introduced to the program at school, where they received a username and password. At school, many completed a short online assessment to determine their interest and reading level. Upon completion of the interest inventory, students select the books they want to read and download them on any computer or mobile device. If the app is used, books can be downloaded wherever they go, even when no internet connection is present. During their summer vacation, students have access to more than 8,000 enhanced digital books. By offering book selection at a student’s interest and reading level, the myON program keeps students reading all summer long. Their reading skills will be as sharp at the end of the summer as they were in June.

“Red Clay is committed to building literacy skills and a love of reading,” said Judith Conway, the district supervisor of related arts who brought the program to Red Clay. “MyON allows us to provide every K-5 student a library that they can take with them anywhere they go. We are encouraged by students use of myON that we are making real progress.”

As of July 18, 2017, Red Clay students had completed 100,105 books. The top five schools are:

*   Shortlidge Academy, with 1,505 books
*   Cooke Elementary, with 1,486 books
*   Linden Hill Elementary, with 1,210 books
*   Brandywine Springs, with 857 books
*   Forest Oak, with 811 books

Shortlidge Academy Librarian and Technology Teacher Wesley Taylor credited Warner Elementary School, which has been using myON in their summer program with Shortlidge students. Taylor also said having students read while in the summer programs has helped, along with introducing the program to students during the school year. “All of our students were exposed to myON during the school year and they love it,” he said. “This makes asking them to use myON less of a task and more of a fun activity.”

Shortlidge Academy Principal Maribeth Courtney said myON fits wells into the mission of the school. “Building the foundations for literacy is critical for Shortlidge, as it services the younger of learners in a Kindergarten- Grade 2 school,” she said “MyON motivates our students for a love of reading while building reading readiness skills.”

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