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Bobby Ray holds Summer Reading Nights
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Sisters Kathryn and Elizabeth Carr love reading and came to Bobby Ray’s first Summer Reading Night on Monday and checked out some books. - photo by Bethany Porter

School’s out, but that doesn’t mean learning has to stop. 

Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School is holding Summer Reading Nights to help prevent summer reading loss and encourage reading. 

Monday was the first of four Summer Reading Nights for the students. Bobby Ray students can come by from 5 to 7 p.m. to check out and read books. Bobby Ray librarian Sadie Newby says this is a good way to help with learning loss.

“We open the library up four nights this summer to try to help with that learning loss. So we encourage our students to come and check out books during those four nights and we usually have a good crowd,” said Newby.

A brochure was sent home with the kids over the summer informing them about this opportunity and also giving them summer reading ideas. The brochure also has pictures of suns on the back that the students can color in every time they read a book. When school starts up, they can get a prize depending on how many books they read over the summer. 

The brochure also informs parents that students who do not read over the summer can lose as much as 22% of their reading level. Bobby Ray encourages students to try to read something every day, whether it be a book, recipe, or even menu. Every word counts. 

Bobby Ray students and sisters Kathryn and Elizabeth Carr came to the library Monday night because they love reading. Kathryn loves learning about food and cooking so she was checking out the books “From Tomato to Ketchup,” and “Milk to Ice Cream.” 

Elizabeth loves the Harry Potter books and is looking for a new book series to enjoy as she has already read all the Harry Potter books. 

The remaining Bobby Ray Summer Reading Nights will be June 27, July 11, and July 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.