Symons reading teacher asks for book donations

By Joyce Ervin
Symons Elementary reading teacher, Melissa Reeves, is photographed with her wagon and fourth-grade students, Leland Varney, Aubrey Grutt and Brooke Bergeron. Reeves is asking for book donations for a summer reading program.

By Joyce Ervin

Summertime reading is fun and it helps with loss of literacy according to Symons Elementary School’s Title 1 Reading Specialist, Melissa Reeves.  Therefore, she’s requesting help collecting new or gently used books to give to her students to take home for the summer.

Reeves said her goal is to send every student home with at least two books appropriate for kids in grades three through fifth-grade.  The Parent Teacher Organization has given her a grant to purchase new books, but she said, “it won’t be enough for all of the students.”

Donors can drop off books during school hours placing them in the collection bins found in the school. In previous years, the community has rallied to the cause and Reeves is hoping the same will be true this year. 

Book collection will be held until the end of the school semester, but the sooner donations are received the faster they can be sorted and be ready for distribution.

It can’t be stressed enough how important it is for children to read during the summer months to avoid what’s referred to as the ‘summer slide’.  The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) states, according to their website, “Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of summer.”

After distributing the books, Reeves is hoping there are some left over for a new project she’s planning, Books on Bikes.  The plan is to visit various neighborhoods and community events where she can meet kids near their homes, read a story, pass out popsicles and give the kids more books to read.

Reeves new project will begin at the end of June.  She has rigged up a wagon of sorts that will hook to her bicycle allowing her to carry lots of books.  Watch for her.

Symons Elementary School is located 432 S. Platt Rd.  Contact Reeves at: 

reevesm [at] milanareashcools [dot] org
Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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