During the school year, youth are encouraged by their teachers and principals to complete 20 minutes of reading each night to support literacy. At the Club, we support that habit throughout the summer by offering 20 minutes of designated reading time each and every day. Members receive a reading log where they are able to track their progress and earn prizes from our local McDonalds for every two hours they read. At the end of the summer, members who complete at least 10 hours of reading time are invited to a party hosted by McDonalds where they are rewarded with a fun BBQ and additional prizes.
Academic Outreach Coordinator, Amanda Montes, stated, “Reading isn’t always the highest priority for youth during the summer months. By incentivizing reading with prizes and a party, it is our goal that youth will be encouraged to complete the recommended 20 minutes of daily reading.”
Studies have indicated that youth who read during the break are less likely to experience summer learning loss and more likely to begin the next school year on target. The Boys & Girls Clubs have a priority outcome of academic success. By supporting summer literacy, members more likely will begin the next school year on or above grade-level reading.
As an added bonus, Club Kids were joined by McDonald’s owner Tim Postel and the Casper Fire department. After a McDonald’s lunch, Club Kids burned off energy while running through the streaming water of a fire hose.