pexels monstera 6186154CHICAGO — To help students struggling from summer learning loss, State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) is hosting a Summer Book Club for Chicago’s Westside youth.

“I know that everyone is excited to be outside and enjoy that aspect of summer break, but it is also important for children to exercise their minds,” Van Pelt said. “Kids who keep their minds engaged through the summer will be better prepared when school starts again, and even develop good lifelong learning habits.”

Teachers and students are affected by summer learning loss annually. According to Think Stretch, students score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.

Further, students from lower income homes lose more than two months in reading achievement, more than other income groups.

The Summer Book Club encourages students to read eight books of their choice during the summer break, record the names of the books and return the form to Van Pelt’s office by Aug. 11. Everyone who completes the summer reading club will receive a gift card and certificate from Senator Van Pelt.

“Students have just completed one of the most challenging academic years to date, and while rest is deserved, we don’t want them to lose their newfound knowledge,” Van Pelt said. “This program is a chance for kids to develop a reading routine and stay astute for the fall.”

To receive a book club form, download the form here to print or call her office at 312-888-9191 to request a copy by mail.

Interested participants are encouraged to call Van Pelt’s office with any additional questions.

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