We Read Big for Summer Reading

Southbridge’s Comprehensive Literacy Solution, We Read Big.
A comprehensive literacy solution, We Read Big, is being introduced in phases throughout the Southbridge Public Schools. Our goal is to put high quality and high interest books in the hands of our students in order to foster a love of literature. This love of literature will help make our students more competitive in our state and globally by increasing their fluency and access to new ideas. “Giving students the opportunity to read diverse books across genres equips them with the necessary tools to imagine a future without limits. This is why this program is so exciting,” says Adam Couturier, Humanities Curriculum Coordinator in Southbridge Public Schools.

Rising 4th Graders Receive Summer Reading Backpacks
Our We Read Big Literacy Initiative is beginning to provide quality choices of literature through a variety of approaches. One such approach is augmenting our current summer reading program beginning for 4th grade students. Each 4th grader in Southbridge received a backpack with a collection of books to add to or begin their own home library. This collection of literature includes diverse texts that should make it so that every child has found a book that will spark his or her interest. Also, in these backpacks are Summer Reading Journals and activity sheets that are designed to engage the whole family.

Adam Couturier states, “We are very excited to launch this Summer Reading Initiative for the Southbridge Public Schools. Summer is a time when many students lose achievement gains made during the school year. Our goal is not only to limit that ‘slide,’ but also ignite a love for reading in each and every child.” The goal is that students not only maintain their learning gains, but continue to make strides throughout the summer through this initiative.

Kick Off Celebration with Clifford the Big Red Dog
On June 15th, Clifford the Big Red Dog© joined our rising 4th graders throughout the district in kicking off our summer reading initiative. He helped pass out books bags and posed for pictures with our students. Thanks for coming, Clifford.