Reading Program Works to Curb “Summer Slide” at Barre City School and Barre Recreation Department

BARRE — On Thursday, July 21 at 10:30 a.m., children from the Barre City Summer School Program (located at the Barre City School) will be treated to a storytelling presentation and brand-new books to keep, thanks to a grant from the Children’s Literacy Foundation. Later on that day, children from the Barre City Recreation Program will be treated to a Children’s Literacy Foundation event at the Barre Recreation Department at 1 p.m..

Presenter Marv Klassen-Landis, a Vermont based poet and author, will lead an interactive presentation for an estimated 80 children in the morning and 50 children in the afternoon. At the end of each presentation, each child will be able to select two new books to keep from hundreds of titles. These events are open to the public.

Children’s Literacy Foundation awards Summer Readers grants to organizations serving kids at high risk of experiencing the “summer slide” in literacy skills. The partnerships  between the Barre City School and the Barre City Recreation Program and Children’s Literacy Foundation aims to reach Barre’s young readers who are at greatest risk.

Research shows that children who don’t read over summer vacation tend to lose literacy skills while children who do read improve their reading abilities by the beginning of the school year. Low-income children and youth often experience greater summer learning losses than their higher-income peers.

“Nearly two-thirds of low-income families do not own any books at home for their children, and too few participate in reading-related activities over the summer,” said McDougall, “Children’s Literacy Foundation is trying to help fill that gap by allowing children to attend inspiring literacy and storytelling presentations and then select high-quality books they can keep.”

This summer, Children’s Literacy Foundation’s Summer Reader’s program will visit over 100 sites and support over 6,000 children throughout VT and NH in an effort to combat the summer slide.


About the Children’s Literacy Foundation:

Children’s Literacy Foundation is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1998. Its mission is to nurture a love of reading and writing among low-income, at-risk, and rural children in New Hampshire and Vermont. For 18  years the foundation has inspired more than 180,000 young readers and writers through literacy program grants and has given away more than $4 million in new, high-quality children’s books. For more information visit or email

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