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Genesis reading academy aims to prevent 'summer slide'

Many kids are hard at work this summer, making sure they keep up their reading skills.

Posted: Jul 11, 2019 3:34 PM
Updated: Jul 11, 2019 3:39 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Many kids are hard at work this summer, making sure they keep up their reading skills.

The Genesis Summer Reading Academy is sponsored by the Oregon Community Foundation and the University of Oregon. The goal is to make sure kids can continue to develop new reading skills even when school’s out.

It’s the second year, and they’ve nearly doubled in size. Right now 60 kids are attending, and many of them are experiencing poverty.

“It’s a really great opportunity to give back to the community,” instructor Mckenzie Meline said. “As well as support those students who are at risk or having some difficulties with reading to provide them with that additional support over the summer when there might be the summer slide, when they may not be doing much reading over the summer, so this gives them intensive instruction to help overcome that.”

It’s a six-week reading program, and the kids attend from 8:15 a.m. until around noon. They have reading classes, and they get breakfast and lunch thanks to a partnership with Food for Lane County.

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