Posted Date: 07/29/2021
Kids are gearing up to head back to class in just a few weeks and one book bus is making its last round of the summer.
Gaining Ground says it’s seen more students than ever before, and this is a crucial summer for kids to be staying ahead on their reading.
Usually, when you think about kids reading books over the summer, you think of visiting a quiet library, but this is quite the opposite! Gaining Ground is a local non-profit based inside a bus that helps kids stay engaged in reading all summer long.
"They get to shop for new books, keep books, trade out books, write about books,” said Gaining Ground Executive Director, Lisa Shotts.
Shotts says they see about four to five hundred kids every Wednesday and despite the pandemic, this is the biggest summer they've ever had. ...
"From kindergarten to the sixth grade they will lose about three years of academic growth throughout that time because of lack of access to books,” said Shotts.
Ellen Ochoa 5th Grader Duane Polite says he loves hopping on the book bus because he gets to see his favorite teachers and find something new to read!