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About The Challenge

     The Annual Governor's Reading Challenge is a national initiative designed to stress the importance of reading throughout the summer.  Like any other skill, reading takes practice - continuous and deliberate practice.  Studies show that without active literary engagement over the summer months, there is a tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains made during the school year. This phenomenon is called the "summer slide". In many cases, students experiencing the summer slide can fall behind an average of two months in reading during the summer - an especially significant loss for students already deficient.

 

     In an attempt to beat the summer slide, Governor Kenneth E. Mapp challenges our territory's kindergarten through sixth grade students to read at least five books over the summer.  To assist in this process and to offset the financial impact on families, the Virgin Islands Department of Education provides two books for every elementary student in the territory - over 7,000 public, private and parochial students.

 

    These books provided through the Department are written and illustrated by Caribbean authors and feature Caribbean characters, content and themes that our students can appreciate and relate to. This increased relevance results in increased interest and increased opportunities for reading.

 

     To complete this five-book challenge, students are encouraged to find supplemental books at our local libraries.  They are also guided to explore the free interactive e-books provided year round on www.virginislandspubliclibraries.org.

 

     Interest and participation in the annual Challenge continues to increase while our students experience benefits - personally and academically - that will last a lifetime.

 

So take the challenge and Read Five!!!

 

 

 

The Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge is only one of several initiatives by the department used to promote reading at grade level throughout the territory.

Click below for more information.

 

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• K-3 Reading Intervention

Week of the Young Child

• Communications Showcase

Night At The Library

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The Student Quarterly

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