Summer Reading Programs in Gulfport

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A quarter of third graders in Mississippi failed their reading tests. Over the summer, it’s time to hit the books with a purpose!

Nonprofit organizations are teaming up with the Gulfport Public Library to encourage students with incentives to read while out of school.

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Students in the first through ninth grade are encouraged to go to the Gulfport Public Library and read twice a week for at least 45 minutes.

There are incentives that come along with the program. Students will receive small gifts which will ultimately lead up to a field trip to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. Summer Reading Program Director Jeffrey Hulum III said, “The most important thing about reading is that we know one of our every four kid, from first to third grade in the state of Mississippi, is struggling to read right now. If a kid has not learned to read by the third grade, the educational walk will be hindered.”

The reading initiative begins June 3rd and will run through July 26th. The first 100 students to sign up for the Gulfport Public Library’s summer reading program will receive a free student dictionary.