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Program hopes to combat summer reading loss

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

One program is hoping to create a few more bookworms over the summer.

The Read to Success program was packing up and handing out books to elementary students at seven schools on Wednesday.

The program was created in partnership between the School District of La Crosse and Great Rivers United Way, and is now in its second year, with a role in seven area elementary schools.

Their focus is students in kindergarten through second grade, and their goal is to chip away at what they call 'summer reading loss'.

"Summer reading loss happens when students go away for the summer and they get busy in all of their activities and don't take time out of their hectic schedules to read," explained Melissa Ender, the literacy specialist for the district. "To combat that, we're giving away books to students because we know that books in the home are one of the best ways to keep that summer reading loss from happening."

All books given to students also came with a 'recipe card' for parents or guardians, which is meant to help them get involved with the child's reading and bring the books to life, helping the readers retain more, and foster a larger love of literature.

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