Read to Succeed continues summer reading scholarship program

By: Sarah E. Rooney

Email: srooney@abc6.com

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Read to Succeed, in partnership with Cox Communications, is distributing books to students this Tuesday as part of their annual summer reading scholarship program.

Read to Succeed will be at three schools in South Providence to give rising fourth through eighth grade students six books each for summer reading.

The schools participating in the program are Highland Charter School, Bishop McVinney Elementary School, and Community Preparatory School.

The free program is intended to provide an incentive for students to continue their learning efforts during the summer session. Students participating in the program read six books and take a comprehension test on their reading at the end of summer. Students that pass their tests receive a $1,000 college scholarship.

The program was designed in response to research conducted by the National Summer Learning Institute that indicates that students experience “learning losses” when they are not educationally stimulated over the summer break. Since 2008, Read to Succeed has given away a total of 9,730 books and awarded $871,000 in scholarships.

Read to Succeed will be distributing books to a record-breaking 359 students this year.

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