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Kentucky Department of Education to kick-off reading program in Grayson, Flemingsburg

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Children will be given free books at several lunch programs being held across the state this summer as a part of the Kentucky Department of Education’s summer reading and math initiative, Stride Don’t Slide!

The book giveaways will kick off Friday, June 28, with events in Grayson and Flemingsburg as part of a national initiative through READ Up: Stop the Summer Slide℠ and The Children’s Reading Foundation.

“Although the summer months provide a much-needed break for students and teachers, studies show that up to three months of regression in reading and math can happen during the time off. The threat of regression is greatest for students not participating in summer learning and enrichment activities,” said KDE Commissioner Wayne Lewis. “With this initiative, our goals are to encourage parents to read to their youngest children for 20 minutes a day, encourage older students to read daily and promote summer-long learning for all students.”

KDE has partnered with districts throughout the state where it will offer free lesson plans and books to all children in who attend the events.

The program will be held in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program events. Districts participating in the reading program are Bell, Fleming, Marion, Frankfort Independent, Carter, Hickman, Powell and Whitley.

Books for the program have been donated by the Governor’s Office for Early Childhood, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and through a KDE partnership with Penguin Books.

“This is an exciting opportunity to promote reading and summer learning with students and families across the commonwealth,” said KDE Deputy Commissioner Amanda Ellis. “We are looking forward to meeting and reading with students throughout the summer.”

June 28

11 a.m.        

Fleming Trace Apartments Park

282 Rucker St., Flemingsburg, KY 41041

12:30 p.m.   

Poplar Plains Apartments

420 McDavid Boulevard, Grayson, KY 41143

(provided by Kentucky Department of Education)

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."