myON launches Summer 2016 Reading Challenge

May 23rd, 2016

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Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Indiana, and Illinois are among the states partnering with myON to offer unlimited summer access to students

Continuing its commitment to prevent summer slide, myON, a business unit of Capstone and provider of personalized literacy solutions in the K-12 marketplace, announced the start of its fifth annual summer reading challenge, “Get in the Game and Read!

Since 2012, myON has provided a turnkey program to help educators encourage students to read “just right” books during the summer months. Last year, 4.5 million students nationwide read 4,732,169 books over summer vacation.

Recently, the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) and the White House included myON in its Champions of Change Summer Opportunity Project 2016 Action Toolkit, recognizing myON as a key solution for maximizing learning and motivating kids to read during the summer.

“Research and our own experience show students read and learn more when they have the freedom to choose books that meet their interests and individual reading level, which is the fundamental principle of myON,” said Todd Brekhus, the president of myON. “We are pleased and honored to collaborate with NSLA, the White House, a large number of schools, districts, communities, and state and superintendent organizations that work so hard to keep kids reading and learning year-round.”

Increased Lexile® levels and student success over the summer have led a number of state and superintendent organizations to partner with myON to offer students digital books to combat summer slide. States providing unlimited access to myON through the summer include the following:
• Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS) is offering all district members access to more than 5,000 enhanced digital books and literacy tools.
• North Carolina Give Five, Read Five, with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, will provide unlimited student access to myON through August 31.
• Get Georgia Reading offers all Georgia students access to myON’s digital literacy platform from April 15–August 31. Comparing 2015 to 2016, Georgia students have already tripled the time spent reading reaching more than 11,000 hours as of early May.
• Indiana Hoosier Family of Readers Statewide Initiative & Bicentennial Challenge offers myON books to students statewide, with a goal of having students read 200,000 books in 2016.
• Get Illinois Reading Campaign is partnering with the Illinois Association of School Administrators providing unlimited access to myON for all participating districts.
myON’s “Get in the Game and Read!” Summer Challenge will launch on May 23rd and continue through the summer, ending on September 2nd. Prizes for top readers in elementary, middle, and high school will be awarded in the fall.

For step-by-step planning and ideas for communications, events, and celebrations of summer reading in your community, myON has created a Summer Reading Planning Guide available here.


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