‘Weimer On Wheels’ helps kids avoid ‘summer slide’
Weimer Elementary School staff and volunteers went into the St. Albans-area community recently, reading to and with students as part of the school’s efforts to reduce the “summer slide.” (The summer slide is when students’ academic skills start to weaken over the summer break.)
Staff and volunteers met at the school, loaded boxes of books snacks and drinks to take to Green Valley, Avesta Drive and ending at Smiley’s Hotel. This was the brainchild of Title I teacher, Rebecca Ryder.
“I want to build a community of readers at Weimer,” Ryder said. “If we allow students to choose their own reading materials, they are more likely to read more and learn to love reading.”
The books included various genres and grade levels. There was something for everyone. Kay Atkins, resource teacher at Weimer, said, “If you bring the books, they will read.”
Principal Pam Snead and Title I math teacher Janis Priddy walked up and down the Avesta Drive area knocking on doors and inviting children and parents to come and read. Everyone who came received a book, bookmark and snacks.
Ryder said that more books and visits will continue and the dates are June 21, July 12 and July 26.
“We hope that we will have more students to come and read with us,” she said.