Did you know that children living in poverty lose important literacy skills when they don’t read over the summer? To combat this “summer slide” LINC brought together over 200 families from all five boroughs for Reading on the Rails.
Reading on the Rails is designed to raise awareness about the “summer slide” and keep families involved with reading throughout the summer. Families need to know there are resources available that will help their children throughout the summer and send them back to school prepared for success.
Families traveled by subway with LINC staff to the New York Transit Museum in downtown Brooklyn, enjoying read-a-louds during their ride.
The event at The New York Transit Museum started with City Council Member, Ydanis Rodriguez, LINC Executive Director, Shari Levine, and Museum Education Manager, Elyse Newman, encouraging families to read over the school break and to visit the many cultural institutions across the city to keep learning all summer long. Families participated in an array of fun and fact-filled literacy activities offered in vintage subway cars. Parents learned how to support literacy outside of school and received tips for keeping their children’s reading on track!
Reading on the Rails kicks off LINC’s Reading Everywhere Month, a citywide celebration of summertime reading in fun places. CLICK HERE to see a when and where our Reading Everywhere Month Fairs will take place!