For Immediate Release: June 6, 2014

Contact: Rachel Strauch-Nelson (608) 444-1129

‘Read Up’ provides resources for families to read with their children

With summer vacation quickly approaching, the Madison School District is encouraging families to keep learning going through the summer and make use of the district’s Read Up campaign.

The campaign, in partnership with the United Way and Madison Public Library, celebrates reading and gives parents tools to help their child read at home. The campaign provides families with strategies to both encourage reading and help their children get more from what they are reading.

“We hope families will use our Read Up resources to keep children excited about reading all summer,” Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said.

“Partnering with Read Up is an exciting opportunity for our libraries as we launch our summer reading clubs,” said Jane Roughen, Community Services Manager for Madison Public Library. “Read Up is a great way to share your love of reading with others and to learn how to more fully engage the children in your life in critical thinking and thoughtful reading that will help them become better lifelong learners.”

“We know that students can lose academic ground during the summer months,” says Leslie Ann Howard, President & CEO, United Way of Dane County. “Read Up will be a huge resource to our community’s families to ensure students have fun and innovative ways to stay connected to reading. Programs, like this, are a vitally important strategy in closing the achievement gap.”

See families across the community using Read Up strategies with their children on the campaign’s video gallery. Read Up will be at community events over the summer, providing resources to families and recording videos, including:

-       Summerpalooza, June 14, 10 am – 3 pm, Madison Children’s Museum, 100 North Hamilton Street

-       Juneteenth Day, June 21, 10 am – 4 pm, Penn Park, 2101 Fisher Street

 More events through the summer will be posted on the Read Up website.