AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Amarillo Independent School District is encouraging students of all grade levels to make time to read this summer.
As a way to keep students minds working, AISD has more than 200 summer reading events in place.
These events are part of AISD's new district-wide summer literacy program.
The goal of this series is volume, which means students coming in and books going out at every school and for every grade level.
"Reading through the summer is incredibly important," said Secondary English Curriculum Specialist for AISD Beth Brannon. "We know that reading is just like a muscle, if it doesn't get worked out, and you don't have that practice you can lose that power," said Brannon.
Brannon added keeping a student's brain engaged during the summer aids in continued success once classes resume.
"Even reading just 15 minutes each day during the summer, keeps students focused," said Branch Librarian Jon Barnes. "By the time students get back to school, they are ready and primed to continue their education," said Barnes.
Themed events are happening at elementary and middle school campuses, and many include the opportunity for students to receive free books or to exchange books.
At Bowie Middle School, a June event includes a literacy beach party with a cookout and the Amarillo Venom football players.
At the high school level, there's a joint online book club.