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Jun 1, 2012 4:15 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News

MT program urges kids to hit the books this summer

HELENA- Kids all over Montana are being asked to continue reading throughout the summer months and the Superintendent of Public Instruction is doing her part to keep the pages turning. Denise Juneau launched a Summer 6 Reading Challenge on Thursday which will award students for reading six books this summer while they are on break.

"We did a lot of research and what it shows is that if kids aren't reading during summer break they can lose up to two months of reading comprehension. So making sure that students are reading through the entire summer, enables them to be caught up when they come back to school in the fall is really important. We want to make sure that we are spreading that message across the state," Juneau explained.

Juneau says her office will be touring the state this summer and giving away more than 3,000 books to students enrolled in summer programs. Kids who participate are entered into a contest to win prizes.

Click here for more information on the program.

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