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Burbank Elementary School has given students the gift of reading during the summer months 

student hold a bookBurbank Elementary School recently held its 2nd annual bookmobile.  During the bookmobile, Jamie Parsons, the teacher-librarian, Ashley Ide, the school principal, and volunteers circulated reading materials to Hampton City School students throughout the Burbank school zone. 

This exciting event came about after Parsons attended a reading conference, where she learned that some students could lose three months of their reading growth every summer; the main reason is simply a decrease in students’ access to reading material.  This was unacceptable to Parsons, so together with Ide’s support, they provided Burbank students with open library events and bookmobile events during the summer months. 

children in cafeteria at bookmobileOn Aug. 1 Burbank hosted a Mother Read-Father Read program in conjunction with Hampton Public Library.  The program was an opportunity for students and parents to receive information about fun strategies on how to engage with reading at home.  The library was also available for open check out where 40 books were checked out to summer readers, and many free books were handed out as well. Burbank will hold another open library on Aug. 22 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. During the open library students can check out books and engage with parents. 

In addition to the open library events, Burbank hosted two bookmobile events.  Parsons and four new Burbank teachers went throughout Burbank school zone and exchanged student’s summer reading books.  The bookmobile event was a great way for students to gain access to new reading material during the summer months.  

These events show Burbank’s dedication to decreasing the reading gap during the summer months.  Parsons said, “Our summer reading programs are important because it keeps reading material in our students’ hands, even if families can’t visit the public library or a bookstore.  Having print material available is the first step in fighting summer setbacks in reading.  The bookmobile and other reading events also create excitement about reading and school in general.”



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