Valdosta Schools helping students avoid Summer "brain drain"
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
Valdosta City Schools is trying to help kids prevent Summer "brain drain."
The district has created a special program within the MYON reading program that the students already use during the school year. The special program allows kindergarten through eighth graders to read books electronically during the Summer for a chance to receive a reward. The students who have read the most at the end of the Summer will get an iPod Shuffle and an iTunes gift card.
"There's a lot of research that suggests you can prevent 'Summer Slide', which is known as that falling behind that students sometimes experience between each of their grades in the Summer months just by reading," explained Scarlet Brown, Valdosta City Schools' Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning.
Brown encourages all students to read 20-30 minutes a day, whether it be a book, magazine, online article, or other literature.
Students can log in to the program through the MYON web site or they can download the MYON app on their phones and tablets.