Press release

Luxemburg-Casco School District has partnered with Kids Read Now and their unique Comprehensive Summer Reading Program to help close any achievement gap that potentially occurred as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kids Read Now’s Comprehensive Reading Program will deliver new books to Luxemburg-Casco K-3 students over 8 weeks and includes exciting multicultural, bilingual, fiction and nonfiction titles loved by children. These books are mailed directly to students’ home addresses and no in-home technology is required. Each book includes guided discussion questions to help increase family engagement. A bonus ninth book of beautifully illustrated creative writing prompts concludes the program so children can write their own stories!

“A shift to ERL would normally mean learning loss – especially among disadvantaged students who often live in book deserts with no access to libraries, Wi-Fi, or other community programs. This was exacerbated during the COVID-19 restrictions. Our program has been proven to eradicate the typical summer slide and help kids gain up to 2.5 months of learning over the summer,“ said Leib Lurie, CEO of Kids Read Now, the nonprofit company managing this program..

Kyle Thayse, Luxemburg-Casco Schools’ Literacy Coach added: “The challenges of summer learning loss are real and students who do not have access to books in their homes feel the effects even more than other students. Kids Read Now is a phenomenal program with a great plan to get real books into the hands of our students in the summer and involve their families in the learning as well. Kids Read Now will eliminate the summer slide by fostering a love of reading year-round. Students will be so excited when the books start showing up in the mail!”

Kids Read Now, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the singular mission to eliminate the summer reading slide. To learn more about Kids Read Now and their reading programs, please visit KidsReadNow.org.