Program gives books to La Crosse students for summer reading

A group of students in the La Crosse School District will have some new books for summer reading this year.

Kids entering first through fifth grades at Hamilton, Northside, Emerson and Hintgen elementary schools will be getting five books to read during summer break as part of the ‘Read to Success’ program.

The books will come with cards of questions for parents or guardians to ask the kids once they finish the books.

Those involved with the program say their hope is to fight the loss of reading skills when school isn’t in session.

“The summer time is three months when students are sometimes away from books or they’re not in the same learning environment, especially depending on what they have going on in their personal lives with their own family and friends, so this type of book coming home with kids is an opportunity to keep reading, even when reading isn’t constantly being in their world,” said Noelle Griffiths from the Great Rivers United Way.

The books are made possible thanks to a $15,000 grant.

Officials hope to eventually expand the ‘Read to Success’ program to the entire school district.