June 23, 2012
Alexa Neton, 9, center, talks with a friend Tuesday at Veterans Memorial Park while her brother, Patrick, 4, reads with Emma Jones, 8. They were among about 75 elementary school students who attended “Light Your Fire for Reading," the first of three activities to encourage children to read during the summer.
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In one respect, reading isn’t unlike sports. Excelling at either activity takes practice, said Sarah Hepworth, East Elementary School principal. “That’s really the key to being a successful reader is just practicing your reading every day, like practicing swimming or practicing running or practicing golfing,” she said. “You’ve got to just read.” She and other elementary school principals, as well as Moffat County School District literacy coordinators, are introducing a new summer reading program this year to sharpen elementary school students’ reading skills.