No summer learning lag allowed!

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A captive audience, even in the summer!

A captive audience, even in the summer!

This teacher helps prevent summer learning lag for the children in her school’s low-income neighborhood by reading to children of all ages at the park once weekly.  Leslee Milch, veteran teacher with the Buena Park School District, has read to children for the past 15 summers at the park adjacent to Gilbert Elementary School, each Wednesday, rain or shine. In fact, the day I stopped by to observe, it started to sprinkle, which cut the post-story activity time short. Ms. Milch reads a variety of stories and sometimes sings a song, with audience participation.  Ms. Milch shared how a former student gave her the idea to begin this dedicated summer habit. “My park reading got started one year when my students and I were looking at the calendar and talking about how many days they would be on vacation from school.  One of them asked, ‘Who is going to read with us!!’”  After story-time, each child is allowed to choose a free book, donated by THINK Together, which provides gently used books that have been rehabilitated through their Book Doctor program. (For more information about their programs, see http://www.thinktogether.org/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/ )  During the school year, Ms. Milch opens her classroom to volunteer guest readers each Wednesday morning before school from 8 to 8:30 a.m.  Ms. Milch is not just  dedicated to helping students learn and retain, she is also a teacher of teachers. That, however, is a subject for a future story.

Ready to read their free books

Ready to read their free books

 

 

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